“We all die. The goal isn’t to live forever, the goal is to create something that will.”

 ~title of this post is a quotation from Chuck Palahniuk~

We are so sorry to report that our good friend, neighbor, writing group member, and the person responsible for the name of the press, David Dutton (One of the Madding Crowd) lost his battle with multiple myeloma recently, and we find ourselves so heartbroken over it. He had a novel he was about to publish, and he had the novel he was serializing on his blog. He had more writing to do, and he certainly wanted to spend more time with his very beloved wife, MD, and the other woman in his life, Molly (the Rottweiler). He was not ready to stop, but “…life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans.” (Lennon)

For his very beloved family, for his friends, for his friends from his writing group, and certainly for readers of Devil’s Party Press books, David will go on and on and on.

We love you David. And we were enriched beyond description for having known you.

I WAS COMPLICIT… WILL THAT HAPPEN TO YOU?

A reviewer for One of the Madding Crowd had this to say, “The novel went by in such a comfy and seamless manner that, as a reader, I found myself accepting and agreeing with some of the actions of the main character that should have shocked and upset me. But, no, I was complicit right along there with Marc Steadman. How did you do that to me David Dutton? I still don’t know.”

Are you looking for a good summer read?

A GOODREADS reviewer had this to say, “This is an enjoyable read! There are plenty of twists and turns that made me not want it put it down. It was particularly fun to read a book where the setting is in the local area (Delaware). I would recommend this book for readers who enjoy a local, historical fiction book.”

Marc decides that if his words have no power, his actions will. One thing he has been taught well by his upbringing is: protect your way of life first, and dare them to ask you to justify your actions. Who will blink first, Marc, or you?

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THE BIRDS

Have you read the poetry by Kenneth Pobo in Instant Noodles?

There’s an interesting story about Kenneth. He actually had my mother in his poetry writing class @ Widener University.

And then he submits to Instant Noodles.

The other cool thing about Kenneth is that the three poems he sent in for Instant Noodles all have the names of old movies as their titles.

And of the three my personal favorite is “The Birds.”

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.

But if you want to slow it down, to linger on a particular day, check out “Old Acquaintance,” “Whatever Happened to Baby Jane,” or “The Birds,” by wonderful poet Kenneth Pobo.

ARE YOU READING CHARLOTTE?

Charlotte is a cosy mystery about an elderly lady who solves murders (much like Miss Marple), and is the first in a series of three books.

Originally published by DPP, Charlotte and her sister volumes are moving to our mystery imprint, Hawkshaw Press. The updated Charlotte will be rereleased in August, followed by Accident in October, but you can read along with Charlotte in the meantime on author Stan Charnofsky’s blog.

And stay tuned to the Hawkshaw blog for updates and events!

HOW TO SELL YOUR BOOK, POST 1

Hey All~

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.

Or

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!

See you next week for Post 2! 

MRS. P. IS TEACHING

Hi All~

If you follow DPP at all you know that half of the team, Dianne Pearce, teaches creative writing at a couple of colleges.

Now Dianne is also teaching two of her specialties on OUTSCHOOL. Her daughter has so enjoyed her classes there, and so many classes are needed, that she has decided to help out over the summer.

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.

MOSQUITOES AND MEN IS ERIC HOFFER FINALIST

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.


Media inquiries

editor@devilspartypress.com

info@hofferaward.com

WANT A FREE DOWNLOAD?

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.