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.

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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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EQUINOX LAUNCH PARTY (DATE NIGHT, PART 2): FRIDAY, JUNE 22, AT THE SUBURBAN FARMHOUSE

On Friday, June 22, Devil’s Party Press authors will converge upon Milton’s Suburban Farmhouse, located at 108 Federal Street, for an evening of live performances.

The event is part two of a two-part book launch in promotion of DPP’s latest literature anthology, EQUINOX. Authors including Bayne Northern, Carrie Sz Keane, and William Crandell will read from the anthology. The event also features live music from singer-songwriter David Ara, as well as a book signing. There may also be a few surprises in store.

The Suburban Farmhouse offers a variety of entrees, desserts, and beverages for purchase during this event. An open-mic session is also planned. Authors wishing to participate are advised to arrive at 5:00 PM to sign up as space is limited.

More information at capegazette.com.

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RECAP OF DATE NIGHT PART 1 – THE EQUINOX BOOK LAUNCH

On Friday, June 15, 2018, four of the EQUINOX anthology contributors performed at The Suburban Farmhouse in Milton, DE, in part one of a two-part event labeled Date Night. The authors were joined by keyboardist Anne Browne who played an assortment of melodies ranging from classical to contemporary. Mark Polo, Dianne Pearce, Judith Speizer Crandell, and David Dutton were the featured readers of the evening. It’s safe to say that a good time was had by all. The Suburban Farmhouse welcomed DPP with a lovely hand-written sign displayed on the large table in the back of their restaurant and coffee bar. In addition to reading from EQUINOX, author David Dutton also piqued the audience’s interest by reading the prologue to his upcoming novel, ONE OF THE MADDING CROWD, publishing fall 2018 by DPP. Attendees each received a special two-sided souvenir card, containing an excerpt from Mr. Dutton’s forthcoming tome. Mr. Dutton can be seen in the top middle photo below, while Ms. Speizer Crandell is pictured bottom left.

Date Night part 2 will be held on Friday, June 22, and will feature readings by authors DD Beals, TJ Lewes, Carrie Sz Keane, William Cranell, and Bayne Northern. Dianne Pearce will emcee the event which will also feature music selections by singer-songwriter David Ara. The event begins at 5:00 PM. The Suburban Farmhouse is located at 108 Federal Street in Milton. An open-mic session is planned for authors who wish to perform their work. Sign-up at 5:00 PM as space is limited.

Great food and coffee, live music, original stories. Bring a date, pick up an anthology and meet the authors. We look forward to seeing you there!

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