“The Strangest” and Numerous CCM Titles Included in Dennis Cooper’s Best of 2015

Dennis Cooper’s best of 2015 includes numerous CCM titles, *this guy’s* THE STRANGEST, Mark Doten’s THE INFERNAL, Eduoard Leve’s NEWSPAPER, Sean Kilpatrick’s SUCKER JUNE, Lucia Berlin’s A MANUAL FOR CLEANING WOMEN, Eileen Myles’ CHELSEA GIRLS, Lidia Yuknavitch’s THE SMALL BACKS OF CHILDREN, Mark Gluth’s THE GONERS, Sarah Jean Alexander’s WILDLIVES, Gregory Howard’s HOSPICE, Tosh Berman’s JUNE 1, 2014, Molly Gaudry’s DESIRE: A HAUNTING, Pierre Guyotat’s IN THE DEEP, Ashley Farmer’s THE FARMACIST, Anne Garréta’s SPHINX, Johannes Göransson’s THE SUGAR BOOK, Oliver Mol’s LION ATTACK!, Ben Fama’s FANTASY, Noah Cicero’s BIPOLAR COWBOY, Sonya Vatomsky’s SALT IS FOR THE CURING, Thomas Moore’s SKELETON COSTUMES, Heather Christle’s HELIOPAUSE, Paul Cunningham’s GOAL/TENDER MEAT/TENDER, Joyelle McSweeney’s THE NECROPASTORAL: POETRY, MEDIA, OCCULTS, Gary Lutz’ THE GOTHAM GRAMMARIAN, Lucy K Shaw’s THE MOTION, Janice Lee’s RECONSOLIDATION, Mira Gonzalez/Tao Lin’s SELECTED TWEETS, numerous Boss Fight Books titles, and more.

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Jay Slayton-Joslin interviewed me over at Cultured Vultures

Powerhouse lit citizen Jay Slayton-Joslin interviewed me about Camus, writing Young Adult, THE STRANGEST, and more for Cultured Vultures.

So writing books, as well as creating them through indie powerhouse Civil Coping Mechanisms, what challenges does that bring to your writing and personal life?
Exhaustion, the threat of burning out. Hmm, the lack of a life or being able to actually sit still and not do anything. You know, just relax and, I don’t know, watch TV, without thinking about what I’m working on at the moment. I’m definitely a workaholic. There’s no doubt about it; I never feel right, “normal,” if I’m not working on multiple things at once. If I have nothing to do, I feel useless. Yeah, lots of long hours, less sleep, and the feeling of time passing at a rapid rate. I wish it would just slow down once in awhile.

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“The Face of Any Other” listed as one of Verbicide’s top books of 2014

When you have the face of any other, you’re thrilled to see that others acknowledge your existence despite being invisible. Verbicide lists your book as one of the best of 2014 and you wonder about the author, Gabino Iglesias, the one that saw you on the street corner when most didn’t. This is what he had to say about you:

Seidlinger is that guy exploring the possibilities offered by experimental fiction and actually producing books worth reading out of that adventure. With font size, a voice that invades others, and using blank space in a way that communicates something, this novel was the most interesting look at identity anyone could have read this year.


When you have the face of any other, you offer up the link, hoping that others will check out every book on the list.

CCM is Hiring \m/ \m/

CCM — Deputy Editor

*line-editing manuscript for final

*content-editing manuscript for final

*weekly reports to the publisher

*collaboration via email (or whatever channels are agreed upon between editor and author) with author

*(added bonus) typesetting/interior book design

As an editor for CCM, your primary duty will be to line-edit assigned manuscripts. You will work with the author on any/all content edits that may inevitably arise within the deadlines allotted. This typically means the manuscript is assigned to you between 2-4 months before publication.

You will be assigned a CCM email address and from there you’ll be equipped with the ability to work and collaborate with the author(s) of each assigned project.You will be required to provide the publisher (me) a weekly update, typically at the end of the business week, a Friday, detailing out current progress on the manuscript(s). As you can imagine, the content will vary greatly from project-to-project. Some might be fiction; others could be poetry. CCM has acquired titles that defy categorical designation; however, this is the beauty of CCM and what our readership has come to expect. I hope you’ll take the challenge with excitement, seeing how no two manuscripts will ever be the same.

Typesetting skills in InDesign are optional but a definite plus. Though I expect to be the one responsible for laying out the book for print, as editor, you are within your role to suggest layout/design preferences that may reveal itself during the editing of the manuscript. It’s not uncommon to discover a better means of laying out a poem, dialog, or whole chapters than what the author used in the original manuscript.

**FOUR POSITIONS ARE AVAILABLE. IF INTERESTED, SEND RESUME/COVER LETTER (Yeah, I know, but I need to know a little about you too) TO Michael@copingmechanisms.net **

CCM Managing Editor 

*managing daily CCM/Copeland-brand social media presence (FB, Twitter, Tumblr)

*processing direct orders received via CCM site

*processing bulk/bookstore orders received

*press site updates

*answering general email from readers, fans, authors, etc.

As the managing editor of CCM, you are responsible for the daily performance of the press. Your daily duties will consist of posting/sharing content related to CCM’s titles on FB, Twitter, and Tumblr. The majority of this content will be reviews, interviews, and other grassroots promotion from both author and the rest of the literary community. Though not much of a taxing job, it will require that you be online at least 3 times a day, preferably during the key “prime time” moments when social media is most active (morning, 930am/1030am est | afternoon 3-4pm est | evening 8-9pm est) in order to spread awareness and to be involved.

In addition to managing the CCM internet presence, you will be tasked with keeping track of the orders email account, processing any and all orders that come in. Additionally, the CCM site will need to be updated whenever a new review or piece of significant promo is published about one of the books. Lastly, you will be responsible with CCM’s general email accounts (such as info@copingmechanisms.net). The majority of these emails will be spam; however, it’s important to check because the occasional submission or order ends up in the wrong account.

**ONE POSITION IS AVAILABLE. IF INTERESTED, SEND RESUME/COVER LETTER (Yeah, I know, but I need to know a little about you too) TO Michael@copingmechanisms.net **

Loren Kleinman interviewed me for The Huffington Post

Loren Kleinman interviewed me for the Huffington Post where she grilled me on everything from Civil Coping Mechanisms to the definition of Alt Lit. Here’s a snippet from the interview:

LK: How do you cope with rejection? How do you cope with resistance, meaning, how do you cope with doubt when writing?

MJS: It never gets any easier. It’s always there to fuck with your mood and maybe your day. I’m the guy that rereads a rejection 12 times, begins to cultivate some totally fictional hate-spun story about the reason for being rejected to make myself feel better. But I’ve gotten better at it lately. For the most part, I take the constant rejection in stride and figure that I’m going to keep trying no matter what so it doesn’t really matter. That’s what’s most important, I believe: Fight, retool, explore. Doubt is always there and it could easily be the death of your creative self. Don’t let it. Just keep going. Fight it by not backing down.


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Dazed Digital included me in the top ten American authors to read this year.

Talk about one hell of a pleasant surprise on what would otherwise have been a typical Monday draped in work and routine, Lauren Oyler, for Dazed Digital, listed out ten American authors worth giving a read this year alongside Lucy K Shaw, Sarah Jean Alexander, Chelsea Hodson, Ana Carrete, Catherine Lacey, Porochista Khakpour, Cassandra Gillig, Saeed Jones, Lindsay Hunter, and Mike Bushnell.

Compiling top ten lists is a delicate process, like baking an obscure ancestral pastry or cunnilingus. If a single person or entity appears on many top ten lists of approximately similar themes, the writer attempting a new (sort of) one faces a dilemma: make a glaring omission, or include someone obvious? In this case, a glaring omission is not an option. Virginia-based Seidlinger’s work as novelist, publisher-in-chief of the indie press Civil Coping Mechanisms, book reviews editor at Electric Literature, and general champion of indie lit has been described as “tireless” by some and “insane” by others(/himself). His new novel, The Fun We’ve Had, is an existential meditation on the past and future set on a coffin helmed by lovers floating on a symbolically endless sea.


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I lived in an airport for a book and wrote about it for Electric Literature

My airport performance art retrospective went live today over at Electric Literature. In the essay, I detail out the motivations, confusions, considerations, and various inebriations that transpired over the 48 hour period. If you give it a read, hope it sounds as crazy as it felt. Here’s a sample from the essay:

The idea was simple yet absurd: Live in an airport for forty-eight hours to promote my latest book, The Fun We’ve Had. This would be long enough to feel stranded, and more than enough to feel distanced from the blasé of daily routine. At the time, I didn’t know how long that would actually be. I feared that I’d barely make it past the twelve-hour mark.I feared that I’d barely make it past the twelve-hour mark.

I would remain online and available, tweeting and posting for the duration of the performance. It sounded like fun, maybe, but it helped that I wasn’t alone at the airport, joined by Kyle Muntz, a good friend and author of a number of books, including his most recent, Green Lights.

It helped that the airport functioned as a suitable metaphor for the book’s setting, given that being in an airport is a lot like being lost at sea. So many places and possibilities to drift, but not if you don’t already know where it is that you’re going. In the case of Kyle and I, we weren’t going anywhere. We weren’t actually getting on an airplane. We remained in stasis, disconnected from all tethers except the digital variety for the entire duration of the performance.

This was a performance.

This was an experiment.

And it was also a sort of nontraditional celebration of a book’s official publication because, in theory, I wanted to do something totally different, even if it ended up being a failure.


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(Design) “Paper Champion” by Shane Jones


Say hello to the cover of Shane Jones’s “Paper Champion,” coming this fall from Civil Coping Mechanisms. I really like how this one turned out. Big thanks to John Dermot Woods for creating masterful illustrations for the book, including the sinking woman on the cover.