DON’T DIE WITH YOUR STORY

Holidays can be tough.

Don’t you want to tell your story?

Workshops are forming now for 2023.

HP 23: LAST CHANCE TO SUBMIT!

Through November 30, 2022 (or until our quota is filled), submissions are open for volume 4 in our popular HALLOWEEN PARTY series. For submission guidelines and to submit a work for consideration, visit our Duosoma Page.

This anthology will be edited by Jeffrey Keeten, and designed by Juan Cantu! We’re so excited to be working with such a powerhouse duo. If you know anything about Keeten, you know that he knows great writing better than most men. And if you’re at a all familiar with “I love bad art” artist Juan, you know how compelling, dark, and soulful his art is. We’re so excited to see this book!

All authors chosen for the book receive a $25 honorarium in addition to a free copy of the book, and this payment makes them eligible for membership in the Horror Writers Association!

If you’re unfamiliar with the type of stories we prefer, or if you’re searching for a great gift for the horror lover in your life, consider picking up our HALLOWEEN HORROR BUNDLE, available throughout October at $20 below retail. This makes a great holiday gift for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life, like Uncle John!

Guest Designer: Halloween Party ’23

Piece of art by Juan Kantu _1Kan2_ a white skull on a black background with the words the end is my beginning
The End is my beginning by #_1kan2_

The moment I saw Juan Cantu’s art I knew I had to own some. Luckily his work is still affordable (but for how long people!), and I was able to grab this beauty you see above.

Because I was also lucky enough to meet him in person, this kind, gentle, and amazingly talented man, I was also able to get to know him a bit, and keep in touch, and I was so thrilled when he said he’d design the new Halloween Party anthology for us. If you visit Juan’s Instagram (_1kan2_) you will see how macabre, funny, dark, and philosophical his work is. If you like to collect art, I suggest you buy yourself an original while you still can. And, it may interest you to know, Juan is also a veteran. He served his country, and that informs his art, and he works to bring art opportunities to veterans like himself.

We did an interview with Juan, and we’ll be posting that in our newsletter in the coming months. Make sure to subscribe so you don’t miss out!

New Opportunities for You! Devil’s Party Press Newsletter [Nov. 2022]

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CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Through November 30, 2022 (or until our quota is filled), submissions are open for volume 4 in our popular HALLOWEEN PARTY series. For submission guidelines and to submit a work for consideration, visit our Duosoma Page.

This anthology will be edited by Jeffrey Keeten, and designed by Juan Cantu! We’re so excited to be working with such a powerhouse duo. If you know anything about Keeten, you know that he knows great writing better than most men. And if you’re at a all familiar with “I love bad art” artist Cantu, you know how compelling, dark, and soulful his art is. We’re so excited to see this book!

All authors chosen for the book receive a $25 honorarium in addition to a free copy of the book, and this payment makes them eligible for membership in the Horror Writers Association!

If you’re unfamiliar with the type of stories we prefer, or if you’re searching for a great gift for the horror lover in your life, consider picking up our HALLOWEEN HORROR BUNDLE, available throughout October at $20 below retail. This makes a great holiday gift for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life, like Uncle John!

You’re a great writer … but you need a great editor.

“…the writer who breeds more words than he needs, is making a chore for the reader who reads.”
–Dr. Suess

There are good writers and there are good editors.

Occasionally there are good writers who are also good editors, but in general, and speaking from experience, a lot of good writers are not good editors.

This is Dave, with a few thoughts about writing and editing. A fellow author once described writers as often clinging to their written words as if each was a precious child. Stephen King, in his memoir on writing, eloquently stated, “Kill your darlings, kill your darlings, even when it breaks your egocentric little scribbler’s heart, kill your darlings.” I wish I had heard these analogies years earlier when my first novels were being edited. My skin was salamander thin at the time. I simply could not believe that my editor was shredding my work. In truth, she wasn’t shredding it at all but was, in fact, cutting loose the many illegitimate children peppered throughout my manuscript. In hindsight I recognize the value she brought to the work. It was not so much shredding as it was refining, strengthening, and unifying the work. The editor was Dianne Pearce, and I owe her a debt to this day for having done such a stellar job of making me look a lot better than I was.

You're a great writer ... but you need a great editor.

I learned a lot from Di’s editing acumen and, having worked in a largely editorial capacity for the past five years, have come to the realization that great stories are built upon well-crafted writing blended with solid editorial input. Editing is a difficult beast to characterize beyond the basics of grammar and punctuation. There is a certain intuitiveness that comes with the job. I’m not sure how else to explain it.

The best advice I can give authors is to trust your editor’s judgement. You can certainly disagree, of course, but it helps, I think, to review your edits with an understanding that your editor is not seeking to rewrite or coopt your work. Rather, they are reviewing it with objectivity. If you consider the manuscript the writer’s baby, then your editor should be considered a caregiver who only has the best intentions in mind for your child. There are exceptions, of course. I’ve heard firsthand tales of editors who have revised authors so heavily that the source material became unrecognizable. Micromanaging a manuscript is as toxic as micromanaging an employee, and it should be fairly easy to identity and avoid engaging with these types of individuals.

I’ve lost count of the number of short stories I’ve edited. There have been many. The overwhelming majority have been great experiences. In total, I’ve had one author disagree with my edits to the point that he withdrew his manuscript from its impending publication. The main issue, as I recall, was around ambiguity insofar as who was speaking, acting, etc. I felt this made the story inaccessible to the reader because, unlike its author, I knew that the audience lacked the ability to travel into the author’s mind to understand his intentions. I tried to explain this to the writer, but he ultimately insisted that the work be accepted as is. I’m sorry, but even Stephen King has an editor.

So yes, it is possible to be good at the craft of editing and equally good at the craft of writing. My recommendation to writers, however, is to trust in your work, but to also recognize that your editor is approaching your story as an objective outsider, which is exactly how your readers will approach it. Perhaps author Kelley Harrell explained it best:

“A good editor doesn’t rewrite words, she rewires synapses.”

If you’re seeking copy-editing or developmental editing for your manuscript, consider professional editing services such as those available through Devil’s Party. Dianne is the principal editor and believe me when I say, she knows her stuff. View our Testimonials Page to read what others have said.

ON BALANCE

ATLANTA WRITERS CONFERENCE

If you are local to Atlanta, don’t miss this fall’s Atlanta Writer’s Conference, November 4-5 at the Westin Atlanta Airport Hotel, 4736 Best Road, in Atlanta. Dianne is so excited to be among the invited guests, and she’ll be on hand to talk with writers about their works, provide feedback, and more!

HP 23: CALL FOR SUBMISSIONS

Through November 30, 2022 (or until our quota is filled), submissions are open for volume 4 in our popular HALLOWEEN PARTY series. For submission guidelines and to submit a work for consideration, visit our Duosoma Page.

This anthology will be edited by Jeffrey Keeten, and designed by Juan Cantu! We’re so excited to be working with such a powerhouse duo. If you know anything about Keeten, you know that he knows great writing better than most men. And if you’re at a all familiar with “I love bad art” artist Juan, you know how compelling, dark, and soulful his art is. We’re so excited to see this book!

All authors chosen for the book receive a $25 honorarium in addition to a free copy of the book, and this payment makes them eligible for membership in the Horror Writers Association!

If you’re unfamiliar with the type of stories we prefer, or if you’re searching for a great gift for the horror lover in your life, consider picking up our HALLOWEEN HORROR BUNDLE, available throughout October at $20 below retail. This makes a great holiday gift for that hard-to-buy-for person in your life, like Uncle John!