GOODBYE TO A FELLOW PRESS

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.

Consider signing up for our newsletter, so that we can keep you in the loop on publishing opportunities, our free lit mag, and great books to read.

ARE YOU A LATE BLOOMER?

Are you a late bloomer? I know I am. Sometimes being a late bloomer can feel like you’ve just spent your prior time being unsuccessful, or focusing on the wrong things. But that’s truly not the case. I remember my favorite of all the primary care docs I’ve ever had told me she had gone to medical school in her late 40s, early 50s, after her children were through college. She was a wonderful and compassionate GP who made house calls! And she was clearly actively engaged in a passion project (parenting) before she became a doctor, so why would anyone judge her as unsuccessful?

I’ve wanted to be a writer since elementary school, when I wrote plays. I began writing poetry in high school, but continued writing plays.

HOW’S YOUR EMPATHY?

“Through the years, studies have found that readers of fiction tend to be more skilled in empathy. In a 2009 study, researchers showed that people exposed to fiction performed better¬†on an empathy test. The idea is that reading about other people helps us extend empathy to a wider circle.”
From “Five Things Worth Knowing About Empathy,” THE WASHINGTON POST, January 17, 2021.

Well, here @ DPP we’re very empathetic! That’s why we want to give you a 20% discount to use in our store! Find some captivating fiction to read, and increase your empathy!

Use code Empruary for some cool deals on fiction all February long!

…NOW WITH MORE CREDENTIALS!

As you know, we, in some extraordinary foresight, took a hiatus for 2020 to work on growing the number of readers for our authors. During that time period, Dave, my partner in crime, finished his MBA. Between the two of us we now have 5 hard-earned degrees, in addition to over 50 years combined experience in editing, publishing, and nurturing creative writing.

I can tell you that Dave worked extremely diligently on his degree, usually every weekend and two-three nights each week. He was top of his class, and he learned a lot about how to market, something every author needs to take a look at in addition to any publisher the writer may work with.

This is all part of our commitment to be the best choice for your publisher, and the best choice for your bookshelf.

Congratulations Dave; I could not do this without you, and thank you for sharing the dream, and working so hard and consistently to fulfill it.

A GREAT MEME FOR A GREAT BOOKSTORE

Wow Browseabout Books in Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, has gotten themselves a very famous new employee!

Don’t forget your local bookstores as you stay safe during the pandemic. Your local bookstores will ship, do curbside pick-up, and help you select a great new book that is much better than doom-scrolling on your phone.

We love and appreciate all the bookstores that support our authors. Why not add your bookstore to that list? We can easily supply any bookstore willing to promote great Indie writing with our books.

Looking for a title to help you ride out the pandemic? Have you tried WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? It’s our biggest, boldest, and most bad-ass anthology we’ve produced to date, and is the perfect response to the world we find ourselves in today. And if you’re local to Southern Delaware…

…we happen to know that Browseabout has it in stock!

Thanks, as ever, for supporting Indie Bookstores as they support Indie Authors, like you!

YOUR WRITING DESERVES AN AWARD

So why not get one?

Did you have a poem, memoir, or short story published in 2020? How about an article, website, blog, or photograph? If so, you’re probably eligible for an award with the National Federation of Press Women (NFPW). It does not matter if you identify as female or not. All are eligible.

DPP is a member of, and has had great success with, NFPW, and so have our authors. It helps your writing and your applications for grants/retreats/etc. to have these on your resume.

Apply today!

HUNGRY FOR ENTERTAINMENT? TRY INSTANT NOODLES

One of the limitations of producing a physical book is that at some point, you gotta cap it. We’ve done a few larger collections (HALLOWEEN PARTY 2019 and WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? being the obvious examples), but in general our collections gravitate toward 200 pages. This means that a fair number of authors are excluded, and this is true of any publisher producing physical titles.

To help provide our over-40 authors with more resources, we’ll be rolling out our online anthology, INSTANT NOODLES, this spring. More details will be forthcoming, but in short, the magazine will feature short stories, poetry, and memoir. We will promote the authors published in INSTANT NOODLES to the same extent we promote all of our contributing authors which, if you’ve worked with us before, you know is a lot. There is no submission fee for authors, and no cost for readers. All content will be publicly available within the INSTANT NOODLES section of the DPP site.

Check out the INSTANT NOODLES webpage for more details, and to submit your work.

R. DAVID FULCHER, WHO ARE YOU?

(a DPP micro interview)

I am R. David Fulcher.

DPP: Mr. Fulcher, we understand that Devil’s Party Press has published some of your work. and that, in 2021, you are going to publish an entire collection of short stories with them. Is that true?

RDF: Yes! It is a horror collection.

DPP: Well how did that happen?

RDF: I had a few stories published in the anthologies, and a lot of the audience liked my work, so we decided it would be a good fit for both of us to collect some of my scarier work. It’s going to be published in Fall of 2021 by the horror imprint, Gravelight Press.

DPP: When did you first begin writing?

RDF: In high school around age 15.

DPP: What author would you most like to be if you could be anyone (living or dead), and why?

RDF: Dean Koontz because of his talent creating eerie atmosphere and imagery.

DPP: Which DPP book is your favorite?

RDF: HP 2019, both because of its nice Halloween look and feel and the stories included within it.

DPP: Hey Mate, have you got a blog where I can follow you?

RDF: Yes! https://rdavidfulcher.com

SEEKING SUBMISSIONS

SEEKING NOVEL-LENGTH WORKS: LITERARY FICTION, MYSTERY/DETECTIVE, HORROR, SCI-FI/SPECULATIVE FOR 2022 publication.

Submitting your novel-length work to DPP is easy.

We are always interested in well-written, character-driven works. Send us the following:

  1. One-page synopsis (up to 500 words) of the work being submitted.
  2. First 10-15 pages of the work being submitted; 12 pt New Times Roman, double-spaced.
  3. Copy of photo ID that confirms age requirement.

Send everything to submissions@devilspartypress.com. Please allow up to eight weeks for a response. We try our best to respond in a timely fashion, but response time can vary depending on the number of active submissions we are reviewing at any given time. You are also welcome to submit your work elsewhere when submitting to DPP, but kindly let us know if it finds a home.

Note that we are not interested in stories that feature torture of people or animals, stories that condone hatred and violence, racist works, spiritual tales, or erotica.

We are NOT seeking memoir, poetry, romance, children, YA.