WOULD YOU LIKE A FREE BOOK?

I am looking for some folks who blog about books, mystery books, who would like to read a book before it is released, blog about it, and get a free copy of the book.The author I want to tell you about is William Crandell.

Bill is a Vietnam Vet in USA who writes historical and hardboiled detective fiction featuring WWII veteran Jack Griffin. Griffin’s books primarily take place in Washington DC, where Bill lived for a time and did extensive research, so his books are very accurate.

For myself, I am a real Raymond Chandler nut, and Bill’s books have the same wit and style.

Bill has won state arts grants for his writing, and just last year his short story “The Last Lootenant Wins His Fucking Medal” won national short story of the year. Bill’s first book in the series, “Let’s Say Jack Kennedy Killed the Girl” is coming out this summer.

You can read excerpts of it (there is only one currently but there will be more) on his blog, and see if you’d be interested in reading the whole book. If this interests you, and you want to help Bill, please shoot me an email through Bill’s blog.

Dianne

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.

IT’S OUT OF THIS WORLD…

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:

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!