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Dancing Chiva Literary Arts Newsletter
May 2011

In this newsletter: Announcing our catalogue of Bajacaliforniana, Maximiliana, works for writers, and a free ebook: C.M. MAYO ON CREATIVE WRITING, events, workshops, and more.

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In this newsletter, you will find
*A free ebook: C.M. Mayo on Creative Writing
*Free podcasts- on Baja California, on writing & more
*Announcements about our new publications on Bajacalifornia, Mexico's Second Empire, works for writers, and more
*C.M. Mayo's upcoming events and workshops
*Links to some bodacious news about "screen publishing" and other excellent sites
*Literary love: sites we love, and we think you will too

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A free ebook for you right now
For Dancing Chiva Literary Arts Club Members only
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C.M. Mayo on Creative Writing: The Best from the Blog
To download your free ebook now, click here:

You are cordially invited: C.M. Mayo will be presenting El úlitmo príncipe del Imperio Mexicano, the Spanish translation of her novel The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire, in Mexico's National Palace, Mexico City, Thursday May 26, 2011. For more information, visit

~ Our catalogue of e-books; two free ebooks for you to download now; C.M. Mayo on the seachange in the publishing business, free podcasts, links we love (Seth Godin,, marbled papers!!) ~

= = = > Dancing Chiva's all new website and ebooks
We are now a publisher of ebooks and limited editions, specializing in works by C.M. Mayo, Bajacaliforniana, Maximiliana, and works for writers.
We will be publishing ebooks for the Kindle, the Nook, and iBook, as well as direct ebook downloads in PDF (which can also be read in iBook on the iPad).
>>View our catalog of current and forthcoming titles here:

==Our first e-book
C.M. Mayo on Creative Writing: The Best from the Blog

How to organize the novel-in-progress: 10 tips to get the most out of your writing workshop, top 20 books on craft, a dozen dialogue writing exercises, how to hang in there and finish your book, how to publish in the literary magazines, and more.
This e-book is free to all Dancing Chiva Literary Arts Club members.
If you're on this mailing list, you're a member! Click here to download your free copy as a PDF now

==Forthcoming ebooks

= El último príncipe del Imperio Mexicano, la novela sobre la historia de la vida real por C.M. Mayo
Currently available in paperback from Gijalbo Random House-Mondadori; for that edition, click here:

"En México se han escrito novelas históricas que recrean con erudición, maestría y poesía una época, un episodio, una atmósfera y unos personajes. Pienso, desde luego, en Noticias del imperio de Fernando del Paso; también en la obra de Enrique Serna sobre Santa Anna. . .o la reciente novela de C.M. Mayo: El último príncipe del Imperio Mexicano, sobre el nieto de Iturbide en la corte de Maximiliano." Enrique Krauze

= My Recollections of Maximilian
by Marie de la Fere, edited by C.M. Mayo
A previously unpublished English language eyewitness memoir. Forthcoming.

= From Mexico to Miramar or, Across the Lake of Oblivion, the award-winning nonfiction novela by C.M. Mayo
About a 2004 journey to Maximilian von Habsurg's (yes) Italian castle, part of the research behind the novel based on the true story, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire (Unbridled Books) and El último príncipe del Imperio Mexicano (Grijalbo Random House-Mondadori). The essay, orignally published in the Massachusetts Review, won the Washingtion Writing Prize for Personal Essay. PDF, Kindle, Nook, iBook, and limited autographed edition. All forthcoming.

Currently available as a double audio CD.

= Miraculous Air: Journey of a Thousand Miles through Baja California, the Other Mexico by C.M. Mayo
Currently available in paperback from Milkweed Editions; for that edition, click here:
E-books (PDF, Kindle, iBook) forthcoming.

"With elegant prose and an artist's eye for detail, Mayo may just have written one of the best books ever about Baja California. Highly recommended" Library Journal

= = = > Free Podcasts
Bajacaliforniana, Maximiliana, and for Writers

"Hell I Knew It Was Paradise"--- about Bob Van Wormer and the Baja California sportfishing industry; "Twelve Tips to Help You Hang in There & Finish Your Novel"; "The Writing Life: A Report from the Field" (from the panel at the Writer's Center); "C.M. Mayo at the PEN Writers Aloud Reading Series in San Miguel de Allende."

Listen in now on iTunes or Podomatic:


= = = > Q & A with C.M. Mayo

= Why did you start Dancing Chiva?
= I love making books. I love writing them more than I like making them, which is why, though it occured to me many times, I did not start my own publishing firm. (About a decade ago, I founded a literary journal, Tameme, and from that, took some tough lessons in how much work it really is to edit, produce, distribute, and market a publication.) So why now? Because with the digital revolution, transaction costs have so fallen that everything changes....

= Why publish limited editions?
= One of the great luxuries in life is a beautiful book: the heft in the hand, how it delights the eye, and it even smells—fresh paper, leather—divine. Even as I build a larger library of e-books and declutter my bookshelves of all those yellowed paperbacks, I do want to keep certain beautiful books at hand—and I know I am not alone....

Click here to read the complete Q & A about Dancing Chiva:


= = = > Workshops
C.M. Mayo will be offering a 2 days workshop on "Techniques of Fiction" for the San Miguel Writers Conference in February 2012. More workshops will be announced soon.

= = = > Links

* * * C.M. MAYO

C.M. Mayo's home page
C.M. Mayo en español

C.M. Mayo's events in Mexico City, Washington DC, and elsewhere
(workshops, book signings, conference panels, lectures)


"Maximilian ~ Carlota" A blog for researchers, both serious and armchair, of the Second Empire, the tumultuous period of Mexican history also known as the French Interevention."
Updated on (most) Tuesdays.

Maximilian von Mexiko
A webpage in English with on-line articles, bibliography, original photographs and more



Giant Golden Buddha & 364 More 5 Minute Writing Exercises


"My Marbled Papers Shop" from Nova Scotia, Canada

Eden Workshops on Bookbinding


Margaret Atwood's "The Publishing Pie: An Author's View"
Keynote for Tools of Change Conference 2011
(why the anchovies are restless...)
Watch this delightful, disturbing, funny, strange, and all around fabulous speech on YouTube

Seth Godin "Moving On"

Madam Mayo Blog: "10 Step Flowchart to Decluttering Your Library"
Make room for e-books...?

Kevin Kelly (author of What the Technium Wants) on "Screenpublishing"



Araceli Ardón
Mexican writer based in Querétaro
Read her short story in English translation from Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion

John Randolph Bennett: The Theory of Writing / The Writing of Theory
His blog includes an interview with C.M. Mayo here:

Publishes books, movies, music, and more from Berlin, Germany. is the place to go for history buffs, Americans of German heritage, and all those who love Berlin—the cutting edge city in the heart of Europe.

Agustín Cadena
Mexican writer residing in Hungary
Read his blog, El vino y la hiel

Casa Lamm in Mexico City

Unbridled Books (publisher of my novel, The Last Prince of the Mexican Empire)

Whereabouts Press (publisher of my anthology, Mexico: A Traveler's Literary Companion)
Travel the world from your armchair; hear whole countries speak...

Madam Mayo Blog on "10 Books Read in 2010"

La Sombra del Sabino in Tepoztlan, Morelos, Mexico
Outstanding reading series, near Cuernavaca

Literal Magazine: Latin American Voices / Voces Latinoamericanos
Edited by Rose Mary Salum

Saima Agency
Our virtual assistant, based in Brooklyn

San Miguel Literary Sala
Reading Series in San Miguel de Allende

SOL: English Writing in Mexico
Edited by Eva Hunter, based in San Miguel de Allende

Write on Track LA
Debra Eckerling, Writing Coach

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C.M. Mayo & the team at Dancing Chiva Literary Arts, S.C.

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