UPDATE ON ALL THINGS DPP

Hi! Remember that great idea we had where we (D&D) were going to move so that our daughter could go to a great school?

It’s still in progress. As with many great ideas, it is requiring upheaval and patience and a good deal of frustration.

We are attempting to either buy or rent a living space in one of the hottest RE markets in the country. People are over-bidding on both buyable and rentable living space, and it’s not easy to be the winner in those contests.

In the meantime, we are smooshed together, three people, two Guinea pigs, two cats, and one dog, into about 250 feet of space. We are also subject to the vagaries of “hotel” wifi, and trying to work our regular jobs, through which we pay for the whole DPP operation.

What this means if you are an author who has submitted something, anything, to us: We need more time.

We got good news just this week: it seems our long nightmare of homelessness will end late-June, and we hope to be back running again by July 1.

Currently, July 1 is our date for the first 2022 issue of Instant Noodles, so those of you who have been accepted, we need to ask you to hang-in there with us.

Those of you who may be working with us on a full-length work, or hoping to hear about a submission to a printed anthology, you will not hear from us until late June/early July at best.

Those of you wanting to submit to a future anthology or a later issue of Instant Noodles, we will not be taking submissions until we have desks…. literally, so July at the earliest, as we take care of the current submitters first.

We understand it is very hard to wait. And we are so sorry for the waiting.

If you are unwilling or unable to wait, we completely understand. We will be sorry to lose you, but we get it. And we apologize for any inconvenience.

Honestly, we did not truly understand how “out of our control” housing would be.

And, we still feel we have made the right choice for our family. For example: we recently escaped this nasty extended stay for a few hours wandering around the local mall where for every 30 Asian people we saw, there was one white person. After years of our daughter being the only Asian person anywhere (and schools and organizations being fine with events like Chinese auctions: good grief!), this was a welcome sight for all of us. In our daily lives (when we are not in this run-down hovel trying to get on WIFI) we are surrounded by a rainbow of people, and that is just better for who we all are in this family (not only our daughter).

Writing is a pursuit that is often lonely, and the pay-off feels as if it comes when someone publishes you, and your friends get to see it. We’re sorry to stretch that out.

If you have had enough waiting for us, we understand.

Our requests:

#1. Please don’t send emails now. We can hardly get online. This will only add to our backlog.

#2. IF you are withdrawing your piece, please don’t send emails now. We can hardly get online. This will only add to our backlog. when we are working on the publication we will check in, and you can tell us then. IN THE MEANTIME: feel free to send it or publish it elsewhere. Our contracts are at-will for you, and us. We will not be offended, and we will not refuse to publish you ever again, or anything like that.

#3. IF you want to wait for us… that is great! Please don’t email and tell us that now. We can hardly get online. This will only add to our backlog. We appreciate you, and we will be in touch ASAP, hopefully sometime around the 3rd week of June. We have a goal of Instant Noodles publication by 7/1/2022.

#4. Sometimes life is messy. We appreciate whatever grace you can spare for us as we navigate our resettle in our new place.

Many thanks to all the wonderful contributors to all of our publications. We love helping you with your writing career: it brings us joy. We miss doing it a lot, and we hope to be back to doing it soon.

Much love~

D&D

SUBMISSIONS END TODAY

Seeking winter-themed short literary works. Poems, short stories, literary non-fiction. PROSE limit 5,000 words. THEME for all pieces: Think Northern Lights, candles against the darkness, the rolling year, spirits (both in a glass and in the ether), warm hearths.

Submissions run July 1, 2021 to January 30, 2022. NOTE: long submission period, and then publication in 12/22.

Contracts & payment sent after submission period closes.

Accepted submissions pay $25/ 1 short prose piece or up to 3 poems and one print copy of the book.

Print copy of book sent after publication. (Published writers have the option to buy additional copies at cost, but no purchase is required to have the free copy mailed to you.)

Submissions accepted through Duotrope/Duosuma only.

We respectfully request that all authors who wish to be published by us subscribe to our newsletter. 

CURRENT CALL: July 1, 2021-January 30, 2022

Review begins when submissions close.

Notifications will begin in March 2022.

TO SUBMIT: find us on Duosuma, or go to our submissions page.

Please also LIKE US ON FACEBOOK.

Our thanks to you for supporting indie publishing as we support indie authors~

 

I ATE ALL I CAN EAT! I CAN’T EATS NO MORE!

Oh-kaaaay.

How about some art?

Just what you need after Thanksgiving, a piece of art to take your mind off of food.

So let’s keep it light with a sneak peak at another new release from Instant Noodles, art, life, captured by the perceptive Alan Bern and his lens and very appropriately entitled “Late Night.”

But, keep it on the downlow; it’s a secret.

So here’s the password: INSIDEOUT

Why are we giving away art for free, and early?

Because you make all those late nights we spend working and editing worth it.

Thanks so much for your support.

Love~ Di and Dave

I COULDN’T POSSIBLY EAT ANOTHER THING

But it’s only some noodles…

Well, maybe some noodles I could eat.

Just what you need after Thanksgiving, a recipe for more food.

So let’s keep it light with a sneak peak at another new release from Instant Noodles, a poem by Delaware’s own 8th wonder of the world, and a heck of a great writer, Robert Fleming. You’re going to want to try his Recipe for Hard Noodles.

But, keep it on the downlow; it’s a secret.

So here’s the password: NOODLESHARD

Why are we giving away poetry for free, and early?

Because you’re special to us.

Thanks so much for your support.

Love~ Di and Dave

HAPPY THANKSGIVING…. WITH GRAVY

We at Devil’s Party Press really appreciate your support for older authors, and we want to thank you, especially those of you who follow this blog or follow us on social media, with a little gift…

A sneak-peak at Instant Noodles: Hot Buttered Holidays, opening officially on December 1st.

But for today, turkey day, enjoy a sneak peak at a saucy short story from Delaware author Maggie Claypool. However your holiday goes today, you’re gonna want some gravy with that.

Check it out here (click me).

But you’re gonna need the password to get in until it goes live on December 1st!

(The password is…. GRAVY).

So knock three times and tell ’em Joe sent ya, and thank you for all your support as we try to help these wonderful authors get the audience they deserve as much as your feast deserves some hot rich gravy.

And may all of us survive all of the wonderful togetherness of the season.

Love and gratitude from our family to yours~

Dave and Di

Q: WHAT IS HOTTER, AND MORE BUTTERED, THAN MOVIE THEATRE POPCORN?

Um, yeah, that would be Instant Noodles, Volume 3, “Hot Buttered Holidays!” And we use real, sweet, creamery butter, because it’s not nice to fool Mother Nature.

It’s available December 1st., the lit mag, not a tub of butter.

Why, December, that’s months and months away.

It is almost Thanksgiving, People.

There’s no leaves left to peep at!

Are you ready for the cavalcade of holidays?

Great!

If not, you may want to linger a bit longer in the now distant summer!

Why not try a lovely little number form Instant NoodlesHot Fun in the Summertime,” like “First Morning After Moving,” by Greg Hill, or visit “The H.K. INN,” with Virginia Watts?

How about a memoir from a veteran for Veteran’s Day?

Enjoy your light-noodlie lunch now, before it’s stuffing-yourself time!

Mmmmm… tasty.

OH, THE HORROR, ON DELMARVA LIFE!

Milton Publisher Heats Up the Summer With New Literary Collection

Milton, DE – July 1, 2021: Devil’s Party Press of Milton, DE, will release its summer issue of Instant Noodles, an online literary magazine featuring original works by both local and national writers, artists, and poets. The new issue, Hot Fun in the Summertime, features thirty original works around this theme, and will be available beginning July 1.

In curating the magazine, DPP publisher Dianne Pearce sought to capture the essence of the Sly and the Family Stone single, Hot Fun in the Summertime. “Growing up in the ‘70s, going to the beach every year, one of the things I recall most about the summertime was hearing that song, feeling the heat of the summer days, and having a great time,” Pearce noted. “The literary selections for the new issue of Instant Noodles reflect those feelings, and are penned by award-winning writers both local and nationally. The art is something special; it captures that ‘70s feel and helps make the entire magazine the best beach-read you’ll find this year.”

Instant Noodles is available at no charge by visiting devilspartypress.com/instantnoodles.

Media inquiries
editor@devilspartypress.com

EDITING

We’re getting together the new anthology, AURORA. Editing is a big part of its assembly.

Editing is different all-together, in my mind, from proofreading, though both are important in their way.

Proofreaders look for mistakes–misspelled words, incorrect punctuation, style points. It’s not the most enervating job you’re ever gonna do, but it is vital to the finished project.

Editing is usually thought of as cutting, as if when you wrote you made a dress that was too big for the client, and now you have to cut two sizes off of it, bluntly, and with your scissors. And when you cut it down you are going to lose the very lovely bird that was woven into the fabric at just the right spot to hit the shoulder of the dress. Couldn’t the client just get fatter?

Editing, though, is not really about cutting. It’s much more like flower arranging than tailoring. You, the writer, have amassed a lovely bunch of flowers for the vase. Each is beautiful in its own right. However, in this tall vase you’ve chosen, the stem of this astilbe is too short. I suggest leaving it out or using it in a smaller vase. I want to use all your colors if I can, but the pink scabiosa look faded against the orange tiger lilies. I will suggest you add a few white ones in between, maybe the Queen Ann’s Lace, to bolster the pink rather than compete with it.

Accepting an editor’s changes is always optional. However, depending on the publisher, by choosing not to accept the edits, you may risk remaining unpublished. It can be a very black and white situation that leaves many writers feeling unappreciated, and without agency.

That’s truly not what I want to have happen between you and I when I edit your manuscript. If I am going to put time into editing something you’ve written, it is because I love it. Otherwise, I would simply not accept it at all. So, when I edit it, I am really hoping that I have helped you to refine your voice, make your message clearer, make your jokes funnier, keep your pace and flow intact, and point out holes you may not have seen. I try to be you, outside of your body, but in love with your work, and looking to nourish it, not change it.

It really is my goal to publish older writers, to have their stories heard. Editing is a free service a publisher provides for the writer; or, it should be. You shouldn’t have to pay for editing with cash, check, or story. Like a jeweler with a rough-cut stone, I’m not there to change you from an emerald to a ruby, I’m there to help you polish your work to a high shine.

Happy July! The summer is racing by this year in hot gusts of air! It makes me want to retreat to any air-conditioned spot where I can work on my novel. It makes those of us who work at Devil’s Party Press want to read full-length manuscripts and find some good ones to publish in 2019/20. What have you been working on? Could this be the summer you transition from writer to author?

Dianne (sent from my messy desk!)

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