OUR FIRST NATIONAL AWARD

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July 29, 2019 – Dianne Pearce, publisher of Devil’s Party Press of Milton, DE, recently attended the 2019 National Federation of Press Women’s (NFPW) 2019 Professional Communication Contest, which took place on Saturday, June 29, in Baton Rouge, LA. Pearce was in attendance to accept the award for Best Original Short Story Collection for Equinox, published by Devil’s Party Press in 2018. Equinox is a 168-page softcover collection of short fiction based loosely on the theme of the vernal equinox.

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Dianne Pearce (right) accepting the National Press Women’s Association Award for best short story collection (for Equinox) with NFPW President Mariann Wolf-Astrauskas in Baton Rouge, LA

Prior to the NFPW award, Pearce’s Equinox took first place in the state competition earlier in the year, which is overseen by the Delaware Press Association (DPA). Pearce received the state award for Equinox (along with several other awards) at the DPA’s Contest Awards Banquet, held May 2, 2019, in Wilmington. By placing first at the state level, Equinox advanced to the national competition overseen by the NFPW, where the book competed against other top submissions from across the country.

The 2019 NFPW Communication Awards Ceremony was held at Baton Rouge’s Hotel Hilton. Several hundred journalists, authors, and other communicators were also in attendance. Founded in 1937, the NFPW is a US-based organization of consisting of professional women and men pursuing careers in the field of communications including electronic, broadcast and print journalism, publishing, marketing, design, and advertising.

“At a time in which journalistic freedom is under attack, organizations like the Delaware Press Association and the National Federation of Press Women are needed now more than ever,” Pearce said. “It is an honor to have had Equinox recognized by both of these important groups.”

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Devil’s Party Press (DPP), an independent publishing house located in Milton, DE, was formed in 2017 by Dianne Pearce. DPP works exclusively with authors over forty years of age. To date, DPP has published six short story collections and five original full-length novels. Equinox is available at Amazon, the Devil’s Party Press online store, and at select bookstores.

More at:
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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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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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