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?
Were you a member of the FB group and publisher Sweety Cat Press (SCP)? This wonderful group was doing its level-best to promote authors and get publishing out there, and it is folding because it is soooo difficult (absent a college to pay your way) to keep a small press going.
Here @ DPP we have three imprints (Sci Fi, Horror, and Mystery/Detective) in addition to our straight-up literary arm (DPP) and, premiering later this month, our new online magazine (Instant Noodles). We pay a royalty for anthology pieces we accept for the printed books; we don’t charge authors of full-length works for editing or promotion or submission fees for contests, and we pay them royalties 2x/year. We work really hard at getting writers out there. And our submission pile is growing rapidly. Subscribe to our newsletter so you get updates on opportunities to publish. And consider buying a book.
I can well-understand that SLC @ SCP can no longer do this. It is amazing he did it so long. So do, please consider buying a book from a small press for that next Xmas or birthday gift, or to read yourself:
****even if you are not in it.****
It is the only way small presses survive to bring you more publication opportunities. We are not making a living at this. It is a mission, and we cannot do it without the occasional purchase that is simply because you want to read, or give as a gift, good writing.
We are so sorry to lose SCP and that great community, but so lucky to have been a small part of it.
We’ve formally launched our sci-fi imprint, aptly titled Out-of-This-World Press. In the coming months we’ll be releasing our first two titles, and I could not be more excited to be bringing these fantastic works of fiction to market.
BALANCE OF FORTUNE is an epic work of science fiction that sees three worlds nearing the brink of war, with their salvation in the hands of one man who has been thrust into his rule by circumstances beyond his control. It’s written by Mel Lee Newmin whose body of work is beyond impressive. Mel’s online (and ongoing) story of Niles Gule, a vampire residing in Baltimore, is, for example, a must-read epic of its own. Be sure to check it out, and stay tuned for more details as BALANCE OF FORTUNE gets closer to its publication date later in 2021.
Speaking of prolific authors, David W. Dutton has written an intriguing tale entitled DNA (Do Not Ask). If you’ve ever considered dabbling with a DNA test kit to learn about your ancestry, this story will surely cause you to second-guess that decision. David’s first novel with DPP is the award-winning ONE OF THE MADDING CROWD, and we think you’ll find the writing in DNA to be every bit as compelling as that earlier title. David is also serializing a new novel on his website, so be sure to check it out while you await the arrival of DNA.
The Out-of-This-World Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages are now live. We plan to make these pages fun places to visit. More about the world of sci-fi and less about the hard sell. So please consider following/liking OOTW on these sites:
With the world in virtual state of lockdown, you (like us) will likely be spending a lot of the Halloween season indoors. As autumn continues to descend and the night winds bring sounds that oft times can’t be explained as simply the branches against the window, it’s a great time to lose yourself in a book of short horror tales, of which we have published three to date.
Stop by our new-and-improved online shop to pick up one or more of the titles, and check out this short trailer to help set the stage you’re about to enter…
Dianne and I just completed our sixth anthology, entitled WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS?It was a long project, easily the longest project (both in terms of book length and number of contributors) we’d undertaken in our fledgling publishing endeavor. At times I wasn’t sure we could pull it off.
It may come as no surprise to learn that it takes longer to produce a collection than it takes to produce a full-length novel. The main reason, in my experience, has been that there is a lot more to do in terms of communication. When producing a novel, we’re working with a single individual. Conversely, when producing a collection with upward of 40 or so contributors, a lot more messaging is going on throughout the entire production process. It’s not good, but it’s not bad either. It’s just part of the business, though it does take time.
Of course, working with a number of authors means that you get to learn a bit about them. Not a lot, but a few things. With this most recent collection, I’ve been fortunate to engage with a few of the contributors beyond their manuscripts. Those brief exchanges mean a lot to me because they help me in terms of humanizing the authors we publish. For example, it’s pretty unlikely I’m going to meet face to face with one of our international authors during the production cycle. But in exchanging messages with them that transcend the work we are each doing, there is a greater sense of knowing each other. Which brings me to author bios.
I probably enjoy reading the author bios of our contributors as much as their actual work. Every bio is unique. Of course it is. And every author has a story to tell. I’m not referring to the work they are producing but the actual lives they’ve lived that has resulted in their unique, one-of-a-kind author bio that will publish in the collections where their stories are found. We also publish these bios on our website with photos of our authors. I cannot tell you how much I enjoy this small aspect of the process. Matching a face to a bio makes it even more real for me. To date, I believe we have worked with 59 authors in 21 months. Sometimes I wonder how we get it done.
One reason, of course, is that we simply put in the hours. This is why I’m awake so late on a work night, working on our Contributors web page, adding small photos and brief windows into the lives of the authors we’ve published, each a fascinating story of its own. Over the next few days the page will be fully revised, and there it will remain, until the next Halloweencollection arrives in early October 2019, at which point I’ll be back here again, updating the page with new faces and new stories.
I look forward to making these new acquaintances, perhaps even yours.
July 29, 2019 – Dianne Pearce, publisher of Devil’s Party Press of Milton, DE, recently attended the 2019 National Federation of Press Women’s (NFPW) 2019 Professional Communication Contest, which took place on Saturday, June 29, in Baton Rouge, LA. Pearce was in attendance to accept the award for Best Original Short Story Collection for Equinox, published by Devil’s Party Press in 2018. Equinox is a 168-page softcover collection of short fiction based loosely on the theme of the vernal equinox.
Prior to the NFPW award, Pearce’s Equinox took first place in the state competition earlier in the year, which is overseen by the Delaware Press Association (DPA). Pearce received the state award for Equinox (along with several other awards) at the DPA’s Contest Awards Banquet, held May 2, 2019, in Wilmington. By placing first at the state level, Equinox advanced to the national competition overseen by the NFPW, where the book competed against other top submissions from across the country.
The 2019 NFPW Communication Awards Ceremony was held at Baton Rouge’s Hotel Hilton. Several hundred journalists, authors, and other communicators were also in attendance. Founded in 1937, the NFPW is a US-based organization of consisting of professional women and men pursuing careers in the field of communications including electronic, broadcast and print journalism, publishing, marketing, design, and advertising.
“At a time in which journalistic freedom is under attack, organizations like the Delaware Press Association and the National Federation of Press Women are needed now more than ever,” Pearce said. “It is an honor to have had Equinox recognized by both of these important groups.”
Devil’s Party Press (DPP), an independent publishing house located in Milton, DE, was formed in 2017 by Dianne Pearce. DPP works exclusively with authors over forty years of age. To date, DPP has published six short story collections and five original full-length novels. Equinox is available at Amazon, the Devil’s Party Press online store, and at select bookstores.
I’ve nothing against digital books and, in fact, read them quite often. There is, however, something wonderful about holding a book that the digital experience cannot quite match. The paper texture, the scent of the ink, the crispness of the pages, the ability to physically bend a page. It’s an entire experience, and I would certainly miss it were it taken away.
In the not-too-distant-future we’ll be offering our catalog of books, which is currently available in print format only, in digital format. Because even though I enjoy physical paper books, I’m just one person. You may feel entirely different than I do, and you may be asking, “Why can’t I get your titles on Kindle?” It’s on the horizon along with various other goals.
Today, our first full-length novel went on sale. It’s entitled One of the Madding Crowd and was written by author David W. Dutton. It’s telling, I think, that this is our first-published novel. Telling because David was such a joy to work with–so open to changes and suggestions–that he’s likely spoiled me. In the months that we collaborated on transforming his manuscript to a printed, bound book, we developed a smooth working cadence. The manuscript was also fairly tight, which also made my job a bit easier than it might otherwise had been. Lastly, David was very responsive to target deadlines and, in my opinion, went way above and beyond what I’d expect of an author. But I know, too, that he did this because it’s his name on the cover and title page. DPP published the book, but David was extremely proactive in identifying and helping to solve whatever challenges arose during the editing of the manuscript, and for that I’ll always be grateful.
One of the Madding Crowd is the story of Marc Steadman. You don’t know Marc, but trust me, by the end of the book, you’ll come to know and understand him quite well. You’ll discover Marc’s strengths and weaknesses–his finer points and the flaws that make him all-too human. As an author, David has many strengths, and one of his greatest is characterization. Whether you experience David’s story via a paper book or a digital file, I think you’ll enjoy it. I’ve read it several times, and each time have walked away with a greater appreciation of David’s ability to clearly and concisely tell an interesting story.
While I’m pleased with each of the titles DPP has published in our first year of operations, I feel especially fortunate to have David’s book in our catalog. It’s a little treasure that now just happens to be in our treasure chest. For a long time, David’s book resided in the digital world–as an electronic manuscript. No doubt it still exists somewhere on his laptop, but it’s also here, as a 262-page print novel, in my hands, in David’s hands, and perhaps in yours as well.