If it is, grab a copy of Banana Seat Summer to read while you wait for the parade to start!
REVIEWS OF BSS:
Love this story of the two young guys growing up in the 70s/80s. It’s so fun reminiscing and growing with these rascals. It also has a poignant turn. And if you don’t know what tick-tacking is, find out now, so you’re ready when Halloween comes! Perfect summer read, goes perfectly with the beach!
Banana Seat Summer by David Yurkovich is a great trip back to my youth. It revels in small town incidents and showcases boys who are all about comic books, television, and candy in the seventies. I remember constantly checking the spinner racks for new issues of comics I just had to have. I recall splurging on candy at the local little store. Yurkovich infuses each chapter with a rush of nostalgia and a devout respect for the wonder and carefree openness that is part of being a child.
The novel is a collection of stories detailing the one summer in the quaint lives of the two leads, Mike and Jeremy. Their endeavors ring true to the reader because the situations they get in harken to so much of what it means to grow up in a small town.
Another aspect I greatly enjoyed is how the story featured such little technology and dwelled on what the characters would set out to do instead of how passive the youth of today are with being so plugged into their phones and their gaming systems. Building a clubhouse, confronting a bully and even trying to sell Grit newspapers are all tales explored in Banana Seat Summer.
It really brought m back to a simpler time, where a bag of plastic green army men could fill an afternoon with endless battles whether under a porch, in a rock garden, or near a slow-moving stream (just a few places where I staged battles myself).
And boy am I left with a hankering for a Charleston Chew after devouring this great read.
Milton, DE – July 1, 2021: Devil’s Party Press of Milton, DE, will release its summer issue of Instant Noodles, an online literary magazine featuring original works by both local and national writers, artists, and poets. The new issue, Hot Fun in the Summertime, features thirty original works around this theme, and will be available beginning July 1.
In curating the magazine, DPP publisher Dianne Pearce sought to capture the essence of the Sly and the Family Stone single, Hot Fun in the Summertime. “Growing up in the ‘70s, going to the beach every year, one of the things I recall most about the summertime was hearing that song, feeling the heat of the summer days, and having a great time,” Pearce noted. “The literary selections for the new issue of Instant Noodles reflect those feelings, and are penned by award-winning writers both local and nationally. The art is something special; it captures that ‘70s feel and helps make the entire magazine the best beach-read you’ll find this year.”
If you think summer is hot now, just add this to your reading list! Just named an Eric Hoffer finalist!
REVIEWERS HAD THIS TO SAY:
“Mosquitoes and Men, puts an evil new twist in the old adage that you can’t go home again. In Faustus Madigan’s case, you shouldn’t go home again. When this prodigal son steps through the door to his southern family home for his father’s funeral, after a twenty-five year absence, he tumbles into a past he thought he escaped, and, in this case, it’s more horrific than the main character ever imagined.”
“Beautiful read. Thoughtful characters fully developed. Plot for days without losing interest. Genuine insight and compassion written with great wit and detail.”
“Polo lets the lyricism of the South flow through his pen. I truly did not want the writing to end.”
“I gave up sleep because I couldn’t put it down!”
And both the Delaware Press Association and the Eric Hoffer awards agreed!
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.