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"Creativity is the ability to introduce order into the randomness of nature" —Eric Hoffer

C.M. Mayo presents
Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution: Francisco I. Madero and His Secret Book, Spiritist Manual in the PEN San Miguel Lecture Series, January 13, Bellas Artes, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico.

Listen to this recorded event anytime.

Metaphysical Odyssey into the Mexican Revolution:
Francisco I. Madero and His Secret Book, Spiritist Manual

by C.M. Mayo

Featured at the Texas Book Festival
"A Layered History"
Sunday October 26
C.M. Mayo and M.M. McAllen discuss a side of Mexico's histpry that, until now, has gone argely unexamined. 11 am - 12 pm. Texas State Capitol: Capitol Extension, Room E2.016

More events with C.M. Mayo

Why Translate? The Case of the President of Mexico's Secret Book
Transcript of C.M. mayo's talk for the American Literary Translators Association (ALTA) in Milkwakee, November, 2014.

February 2012
Press release for the iBookstore and Kindle editions of Podcasting for Writers & Other Entrepreneurs

December 2012
A new ebook this month:

So you have something to say! There are many eager ears out there, in cars, on trains and planes, in waiting rooms, in kitchens, perhaps washing dishes… Audio podcasts, on-line digital files, not only serve as an important promotional tool for writers, but they can be storytelling vehicles in themselves, whether as stand-alone works or complements to text, and as such, a powerful way to reach new audiences.

Based on award-winning writer and avid podcaster C.M. Mayo's one day workshop at the Writer's Center,
this ebook provides an introduction and overview of podcasting for writers, from basic concepts to nuts-and-bolts tips.

In 10 "easy peasy" steps
(along with some "fancy schmancy" alternatives for those so inclined). Mayo shows you
how to generate and publish your unique podcast — and yes, get it onto iTunes.

A free ebook now available as a PDF download: "My Recollections of Maximilian" by Marie de la Fere, a rare circa 1910 English language eyewitness memoir, edited and introduced by C.M. Mayo.

(Tip: If you're using an iPad, click on "open in iBooks.")

May 2012

An on-line article for writers: Getting Started with Websites and Blogs: My Experience and Some Tips (As of 2012) by C.M. Mayo. Available free at www.cmmayo.com

We're working on the summer 2012 iBook by C.M. Mayo, Podcasting for Writers & Other Creative Entrepreneurs. Stay tuned.

A first iBook, the short story, "The Building of Quality," has been submitted and is awaiting approval from iTunes. Forthcoming iBook, fingers crossed, in June: From Mexico to Miramar or, Across the Lake of Oblivion. Both titles are already availble in Kindle editions.

April 2012

New trailer (brief video) for forthcoming iBook, Podcasting for Writers & Other Creative Entrepreneurs: The Easy Peasy Guide by C.M. Mayo

March 2012

Conversations with Other Writers: Michael K. Schuessler
As part of the series of occasional Conversations with Other Writers, C.M. Mayo talks with Mexican art and literature expert Michael K. Schuessler, author of the biographies of two major Mexican literary figures, Gualadupe Amor: La undécima musa and Elena Poniatowska: An Intimate Portrait, and editor of Alma Reed's long lost autobiography, Peregrina: Love and Death in Mexico.
*About one hour and 7 minutes.

New workshops: C.M. Mayo will be teaching at the Writer's Center in Bethesda MD (just outside Washington DC) this May 5th with Podcasting for Writers and How (and How Not) to Write Dialogue.

New podcast: C.M. Mayo discusses the secret book of 1911 by the leader of Mexico's 1910 Revolution, Francisco I. Madero, Spiritist Manual. Recorded at the PEN / Sol Literary Magazine Reading Series, February 22, 2012, San Miguel de Allende, Mexico (in Engish).

New podcast:
C.M. Mayo interviews Edward Swift, author of the memoir My Grandfather's Finger and many acclaimed novels, including Splendora and The Daughter of the Doctor and the Saint.

February 2012

New interview by Rose Mary Salum with C.M. Mayo in Literal Magazine Blog about translating Francisco I. Madero's secret book, Spiritist Manual.

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January 2012

New podcasts for writers:

C.M. Mayo offers 10 Tips to help you get the most from your writing workshop; plus an interview with with memoirist and travel writer Sara Mansfield Taber.

Upcoming C.M. Mayo workshops: February 20 and 21 in San Miguel de Allende, Mexico, directly following the San Miguel Writers Conference. Click here for more information and to register on-line.

New in the Catalog:

El último príncipe del Imperio Mexicano
por C.M. Mayo, traducido por Agustín Cadena

Novela basada en la increíble y verdadera historia del desconocido nieto de Agustín de Iturbide, a quien Maximiliano de Habsburgo "adoptó," convirtiéndolo en el presunto heredero de su imperio. Desde el momento de publicación en México, se ha considerado como novela clásica sobre el breve y convulsivo reinado del emperador Maximiliano y su corte. La prosa de C.M. Mayo conduce al lector a sentir el México de esos años, el sabor de la comida, el olor de las especias y las flores, el calor. Mayo escribe para los sentidos, y para todas las épocas. El último príncipe del Imperio mexicano es una historia al mismo tiempo arrolladora e íntima, una historia sobre la geopolítica, el glamour del poder, los oscuros laberintos de la ambición, y sobre todo, la historia de un niño que al final no fue un príncipe sino un pequeño que pertenecía a sus padres.

"Partiendo de una concienzuda y afortunada búsqueda en archivos públicos y privados, Mayo logró reunir un caudal de información notable de la que hace uso con bastante desenvoltura....No me queda sino celebrar esta novela, que, comenzando lentamente, termina subyugando por su notable narración."
Pablo Soler Frost, Letras Libres

"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

"El último príncipe del Imperio Mexicano no es una biografía... O para decirlo más acertadamente, es mucho más que una biografía. Se trata de una historia apasionada y original sobre ese experimento trágico, heroico, cruel, cómico y hasta absurdo que fue el breve gobierno de Maximiliano de Habsburgo en México. Para escribir la crónica de esa epopeya, la autora, C.M. Mayo, se involucró en un esfuerzo de investigación monumental. De no haber ocurrido de esa manera, el producto editorial habría resultado muy diferente y, por supuesto, de meor calidad... La perseverencia en este tipo de indagaciones resulta fundamental. Es la histamina que impulsa la exploración sin truega y que la autora nos comparte en esa suerte de confesión intelectual que es el epílogo de su conmovedor libro."
EduardoTurrent, El Economista

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Click here to read the complete November newsletter with news about e-books, workshops, articles, podcasts, and much more.

Announcing the publication of the first English language translation of Francisco I. Madero's secret book, Spiritist Manual, 1911.

For Q & A with translator C.M. Mayo, and resources for researchers, visit the book's website.

C.M. Mayo will be discussing this most unusual book and its importance for understanding the Mexican Revolution, at the Author's Sala in San Miguel de Allende on November 10, 2011.

Plus, listen to two new podcasts for writers: "The Number One Technique in the Supersonic Overview" and "How to Break a Writing Block."

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Forthcoming this November:
Watch the book trailer (about 1 minute)

Two new e-books now available on Kindle.

Miraculous Air:
Journey of a Thousand Miles through
Baja California, the Other Mexico

Travel memoir
E-book. Now available on

"From Mexico to Miramar or, Across the Lake of Oblivion," the first title in the Maximiliana series, is now available in both PDF and Kindle editions.

New interviews, including with Jada Bradley for In-Reads.com

New video, "At Play in the Fields of Keynote," C.M. Mayo on designing e-book covers.

New podcasts, including several on creative writing.

E-book editions of C.M. Mayo's Miraculous Air, El último príncipe del Imperio Mexicano, and a short story, "Manta Ray," as well as Marie de la Fere's My Recollections of Maximilian, and Francisco I. Madero's Spiritist Manual are all in production for summer and fall 2011.

Some new blog posts by C.M. Mayo that will be included in a second free e-book for Dancing Chiva Literary Arts Club members:

Language Overlay: A Technique of Fiction

One of the simplest yet most effective techniques of fiction.

The Arc of Writerly Action
A blog post based on my talk on a panel about writing historical fiction, American Independent Writer's Conference, 2011. Includes a handout of recommended reading.

Decluttering or, The Integrity of Design: The Interior Decoration Analogy
A blog post at Madam Mayo. Also a 7 minute podcast, click here to download and listen now.

New in the Catalog:
Now for sale as both Kindle and PDF download:
"The Building of Quality," the novelesque short story by C.M. Mayo, from the Kenyon Review.

As PDF download:
"From Mexico to Miramar or, Across the Lake of Oblivion," by C.M. Mayo, from the Massachusetts Review, winner of the Washington Writing Prize for Best Personal Essay. (Kindle and iBook editions forthcoming.)

Free to anyone who joins the (also free) Dancing Chiva Literary Arts Club: C.M. Mayo on Creative Writing: The Best from the Blog. Click here to download it now.

Writing workshops:
The schedule will be updated soon. C.M. Mayo will also be offering a one day "Techniques of Fiction" workshop at the Writer's Center (near Washington DC) in September. Click here for more details.

New podcast for writers:
On Decluttering Your Writing: The Interior Decoration Analogy
C.M. Mayo offers a bit of advice for writers. From the series on creative writing at the Madam Mayo blog. (About 7 minutes.)
Many more free podcasts for writers here.

Forthcoming e-books include:


Notes about the cover designs now on-line.

New on Kindle: C.M. Mayo's short story from the Kenyon Review, "The Building of Quality."




We're getting ready to publish our first newsletter! Want to receive it? Click here to join up! You'll also receive a free e-book, "C.M. Mayo on Creative Writing: The Best from the Blog," a series of inspiring and practical tips for writers.

The May 28th workshop in Mexico City is sold out. Stay tuned for an announcement about another to be scheduled soon.s

New on the website: Q & A with C.M. Mayo. Coming soon: an archive of the newsletters.

We'd be delighted to have you follow us on twitter @dancingchiva

C. M. Mayo's popular "Techniques of Fiction" one day workshop will be offered in Mexico City on Saturday, May 28, 2011.

In our shop: PayPal is up and running. You can now pay instantly and safely using any major credit card.

We have also re-issued C.M. Mayo's award-winning double CD, "From Mexico to Miramar or, Across the Lake of Oblivion" about a visit to Maximilian's castle in Trieste.

For more about our forthcoming Maximiliana,
join the Dancing Chiva Literary Arts Club! You will receive advance news, special discounts and more!
Follow us on twitter @dancingchiva
as we tweet about #Mexico #publishing #writing #history #ebooks #bookarts #letterpress #baja and #younameit
We're blogging at The Bleat!

Thank you for your interest!

Our all new bodaciously user-friendly website is up & running, with Mail Chimp, Twitter, "The Bleat" blog, and more, check it out!

Announcing Our Spring 2011 Workshop Schedule

C.M. Mayo's popular "Techniques of Fiction" one day workshop will be offered in Mexico City on Saturday, May 28. This is a one day only workshop, from 10 am - 2 pm. Visit our Workshop page for a full description and to register on-line (on-line registration available shortly).

P.S. There may be a second one day workshop in the Los Cabos area in Baja California Sur, also in May; check back for new about that next month (or, to be notified, click here).
Join! Free membership in the Dancing Chiva Literary Arts Club entitles you to receive special discounts and advance news of publications and workshops. (We use Mail Chimp, a leading e-mail management company, to send out our brief and informative newsletter about 5 - 6 times per year. We value your privacy and so we do not share our mailing list. Mail Chimp lets you automatically opt out instantly, at any time.)
Follow us on twitter @dancingchiva
as we tweet about #Mexico #publishing #writing #history #ebooks #bookarts #letterpress #baja and #younameit

We're blogging at The Bleat!
Our e-book titles will be available on iBooks and Kindle (amazon.com), and our own on-line shop will offer some very unusual autographed limited editions. More news soon; stay tuned.

Thank you for your interest!

Our completely redesigned webpage is under construction!
We will be launching several e-books and limited editions in 2011.

We invite you to view our catalog, which features forthcoming Baja Californiana, Maximiliana, and Works for Writers.
C.M. Mayo's "Techniques of Fiction" one day workshop will be offered in Mexico City this spring; look for on-line registration on the workshop page soon.
Listen to a new podcast , "Hell, I Knew It Was Paradise," from one of our forthcoming e-books, C. Mayo's widely-lauded travel memoir of Baja California, Miraculous Air.
We have now have a YouTube channel. At present it shows "trailers" for books (all in print and available in paperback on www.amazon.com from other publishers) by C.M. Mayo. We will be adding more videos for the forthcoming Dancing Chiva titles in the coming weeks.
Learn about membership in the Dancing Chiva Literary Arts Club here.
Click here to subscribe to the Dancing Chiva Literary Arts newsletter, which will go to subscribers as soon as the website is fully functional. (Please note: we value your privacy; we do not share our e-mail list. Our brief and informative newsletter will be e-mailed to subscribers only 5 - 6 times a year, and of course, you can opt out at any time.)

Follow our blog, The Bleat!

Our e-book titles will be available on iBooks and Kindle (amazon.com), and our own on-line shop will offer some very unusual autographed limited editions. Stay tuned.

Thank you for your interest!