THE BIRDS

Have you read the poetry by Kenneth Pobo in Instant Noodles?

There’s an interesting story about Kenneth. He actually had my mother in his poetry writing class @ Widener University.

And then he submits to Instant Noodles.

The other cool thing about Kenneth is that the three poems he sent in for Instant Noodles all have the names of old movies as their titles.

And of the three my personal favorite is “The Birds.”

The poems are evocative all on their own, but when connected to the movie title they have even more resonance.

Did you know that our second issue of Instant Noodles is going to be out in a few short weeks?

And when it is, submissions will open for the final Instant Noodles for 2021: Hot Buttered Holidays. Are you ready to think of winter holidays in the height of summer? Are you ready to think of 2021 being rushed off its feet and out the door? Well, maybe in current times a fast year isn’t a bad thing.

But if you want to slow it down, to linger on a particular day, check out “Old Acquaintance,” “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane,” or “The Birds,” by wonderful poet Kenneth Pobo.

HOW TO SELL YOUR BOOK, POST 1

Hey All~

There is one nut that must be cracked in order for any of us indie writers to have a chance at being writers as a career, and that is sales.

Here @ DPP we’re going to start taking a look at this. People just don’t seem to talk about it, and authors seem to think that if they’ve written the book, their work here is done. But that is not so.

Imagine, if you will, your doting favorite aunt (and may she still be with us!). Imagine your friend from college you lost touch with. Imagine your local book club. All these people are people who might love to buy, and read, and write a review of, your book.

Now, imagine you ask them to read your book.

Or

Imagine I ask them to read your book.

Who do you think they’re more likely to buy your from?

And yet authors seem to have this idea that publishers have a huge drawer full of people stashed away somewhere, and we just open the drawer and yell, “Buy Joe’s book!” and they all buy it.

To-date, our best-selling author has sold about 96% of his books within 100 miles of his house. Most were sold at local bookstores or events.

However, there are those romance novelists on Facebook who self-publish and sell thousands of Kindle copies to people they have never met before.

So, how’s the one guy selling so many copies locally, and how are those romance ladies selling so many globally?

For this post let’s look at local.

The best and easiest sell is someone who knows and loves you, or someone who knows you a little and is curious about you.

Here are some steps I want you to take (whether you publish with DPP or one of our imprints… or not) to start your publishing sales:

Do you have a local writing group? Near to DPP we have the Eastern Shore Writer’s Assoc (ESWA), and we are proud and grateful members. If you have a local group, often they will send your accomplishments out in their newsletter, if you are a paying member (I think ESWA is about 25/year… cheap https://easternshorewriters.org ). So see what associations you can join that will help publicize you.
 
Do you have an alumni association? You may not care about the people from college or etc., but they may buy your book! Let your AA know what you’ve been up to.
 
Do you have a state-wide arts council? They may also be willing to publicize your accomplishments. Write to them and ask if they are interested in news from constituents.
 
Have you made a list of email addresses to send press releases to for you? You want the smaller locale outlets here, until your name gets bigger. If you live in someplace huge, like Los Angeles, do not expect to get put into the Los Angeles Times, so look for smaller more local news outlets, print, TV, and radio. Often local radio is hungry for news, as well as small local papers.
 
CAN YOU, this week, do a Google search for writing groups/associations near you? Can you do a Facebook group search for writing groups near you? 
 
Did you know that I was featured on a podcast from a college I attended but did not graduate from? Are there any schools you attended who might be looking for information for the next newsletter? If you write the next DaVinci Code do you think they’re going to care if you never graduated?
 
CAN YOU, this week, make a list of email contact info for your educational alumni associations?
 
CAN YOU, this week, do a Google search for your state art council, and find out what grant and publicity opportunities they have for you?
 
CAN YOU, this week, make a list of local press, TV morning shows, and radio local interest talk shows, and their contact emails?
 
WHILE you are doing this, start a fund for your writing PR (public relations). You may need to pay dues at some associations, and, as we progress through this series, there will be other things you may want to do for yourself as an author that will require some financial contribution on your part. It’s easy for writers to feel nickel and dime by submission fees and etc., but this is the cost of doing business. If you can, start an automatic withdraw from your pay to deposit 20 bucks each pay into your PR fund. If this crazy writing thing is really what you want to do, it has to be worth it to you in cash, and sweat-equity.
 
And speaking of sweat equity, drop us a tip if you can. Tipping options start at just $1. Thank you for supporting indy publishing!

See you next week for Post 2! 

MRS. P. IS TEACHING

Hi All~

If you follow DPP at all you know that half of the team, Dianne Pearce, teaches creative writing at a couple of colleges.

Now Dianne is also teaching two of her specialties on OUTSCHOOL. Her daughter has so enjoyed her classes there, and so many classes are needed, that she has decided to help out over the summer.

DO YOU KNOW A KID WHO IS HEADING TO COLLEGE? It can be really tough to pass those college English 101 courses, and Di has made it really easy, so this might be a class you want to share with parents you may know.

DPP, now contributing on Outschool too!

Hey all of you who are stateside… have a wonderful Memorial Weekend.

MOSQUITOES AND MEN IS ERIC HOFFER FINALIST

Milton, DE – May 15, 2021: Mosquitoes and Men, the debut novel by Mark Alan Polo, is a finalist in the 2021 Eric Hoffer Book Awards competition. Published by Devil’s Party Press of Milton, DE, Polo’s Southern Gothic novel centers around family secrets that are unveiled during a funeral gathering in South Carolina.

Mr. Polo is an award-winning interior designer and owner of The Urban Dweller. He is a frequent contributor to the Rehoboth Beach Designer Show House event. In addition to Mosquitoes and Men, Polo’s work has appeared in numerous literary anthologies.

“Mark is an extremely talented writer whose stories are filled with complex, often flawed, characters. His work is multi-layered—there’s always more happening than what first appears on the surface. We’re delighted that Mark’s work has been recognized by the Hoffer Book Award judges,” said DPP publisher Dianne Pearce.

Each year, thousands of books are submitted to the Eric Hoffer Book Award competition, which honors the memory of American philosopher Eric Hoffer. Less than 10% of the nominees become finalists. The award recognizes outstanding writing and the independent spirit of small publishers. Since its inception, the Hoffer Award has become one of the largest international book awards for small, academic, and independent presses.

Mosquitoes and Men is available via bookstores, Amazon, and the Devil’s Party Press online store.


Media inquiries

editor@devilspartypress.com

info@hofferaward.com

WANT A FREE DOWNLOAD?

The newest volume in the EPIC book project with HBCU: University of Maryland Eastern Shore is now available as a free Kindle download from May 16-20, 2021.

This 132-page collection is 100% written by college students, and is chock-full of wonderful fiction and poetry from the UMES creative writing students. Support a great group of young people by downloading a copy and dropping a review on Amazon for them. As writers know, seeing your name in a published book for the first time is … amazing!

Thanks so much for supporting the EPIC project and its contributors.

ROBERT FLEMING

Humans adapt. It’s what we do and why we’ve managed to survive generation upon generation.

The latest global pandemic has, if nothing else, shown that many among us can, in fact, work virtually, full-time without any noticeable loss in production or quality. To this end, Skype, Teams, WebEx, and numerous other video conferencing platforms have been proved to be more essential than ever before. Probably none more so than Zoom.

If you haven’t been in a Zoom meeting in the past ~400 days, then consider yourself lucky. To those of us who have been less fortunate, we present to you “Final Zoom Meeting” by Robert Fleming. It’s quite possible that after reading Mr. Fleming’s piece, you may never want to log into a teleconference again.

We hope you enjoy.

STEVE SAULSBURY

Have you read all of the first issue of Instant Noodles?

If you have, you’ve seen “Curious Knots,” the short story by Steve Saulsbury.

As soon as our reviewers read this story they knew we had to have it. It’s the kind of story, as a publisher, you wish you could have show up over and over, in different forms.

It has the feeling of a poem, and a perfect sense of place. I can see the whale; I can feel the wet cardigan.

If you haven’t read this story yet, what are you waiting for?

FREE, DELICIOUS, INSTANT

Have you tried out Instant Noodles?

Today I’d like to direct you to a piece by Bill Crandell. Bill’s a really interesting guy, Vietnam vet, PhD in history, adoptive father, novelist, retired speech writer from DC by way of Ohio. Last year he won best short story nationally. Bill typically writes crime dramas from the Beltway, but this piece is memoir, straight from Bill’s soul to yours.

What are you doing with your lunch hour? Why not give it a try?

LIFE TOO STAID?

You’ve come to the right place.

One of our best authors has begun the serialization of “Fear Thy Neighbor.” Not only will you get to read it for free, but you’ll learn all about this spine-tingling writer….

By reading this story you release Devil’s Party Press from all medical claims of heart-attacks, lost sleep, and the like.

Read at your own risk. You have been warned.