FROM MARYLAND ARTS GRANT TO PUBLISHED AUTHOR WITH GREAT KIRKUS REVIEW

Meet William Crandell, this week, on Del Arts!

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

FREE BOOK FRIDAY: IT’S A MYSTERY

Damn that’s a good-looking book!

You know you want it!

And this weekend you can have it, free!

Yes, we’re giving it away to say thanks for your support of the Hawkshaw mysteries.

If you get it, and you read it, would you be so kind as to drop it a review on Amazon?

Or Goodreads?

Bill is an indie author with an indie press who wrote one-helluva hard-boiled mystery, so he can use all the reviews he can get to help people find out about this wonderful book. He has been called the successor to Raymond Chandler by some reviewers, and they’re not exaggerating.

But, review or not, you can have it, no strings attached. We want you to have the book, and to enjoy it, on us, as a way to say “Thanks!” So get your free copy today!

It didn’t occur to me then that Kennedy was rich. All I saw was this skinny, unassuming guy with a New England accent. His suit hung on his bones as though he were still recovering from the South Pacific, but his grin was a Steinway piano. Kennedy had the kind of charm that made you like him even when he was winning the girl you wanted. How do you outmaneuver a romancer like that?

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

OH, THE HORROR, ON DELMARVA LIFE!

ROBERT FLEMING

Humans adapt. It’s what we do and why we’ve managed to survive generation upon generation.

The latest global pandemic has, if nothing else, shown that many among us can, in fact, work virtually, full-time without any noticeable loss in production or quality. To this end, Skype, Teams, WebEx, and numerous other video conferencing platforms have been proved to be more essential than ever before. Probably none more so than Zoom.

If you haven’t been in a Zoom meeting in the past ~400 days, then consider yourself lucky. To those of us who have been less fortunate, we present to you “Final Zoom Meeting” by Robert Fleming. It’s quite possible that after reading Mr. Fleming’s piece, you may never want to log into a teleconference again.

We hope you enjoy.

STEVE SAULSBURY

Have you read all of the first issue of Instant Noodles?

If you have, you’ve seen “Curious Knots,” the short story by Steve Saulsbury.

As soon as our reviewers read this story they knew we had to have it. It’s the kind of story, as a publisher, you wish you could have show up over and over, in different forms.

It has the feeling of a poem, and a perfect sense of place. I can see the whale; I can feel the wet cardigan.

If you haven’t read this story yet, what are you waiting for?

HARDBOILED AND LOADED WITH SIN

Welcome to HARDBOILED AND LOADED WITH SIN, the new anthology series by Hawkshaw Press. First issue drops 2022.

Here’s the deets:

Fiction only.

Short stories 1500-7,500 words. If yours is longer send us a query @ publisher at Devil’s Party Press dot com.

12 pt New Times Roman, double-spaced.

Authors over 40 only.

Submit everything through our Duosuma page as a Word or Pages file.

FEE: 10 bucks

PAYMENT: All authors selected for publication receive a one-time royalty of 25 bucks, a copy of the anthology, and our semi-undying love.

See HAWKSHAW to submit.

WHY I ENJOY READING AUTHOR BIOS

yurkovich-polaroidDianne and I just completed our sixth anthology, entitled WHAT SORT OF FUCKERY IS THIS? It was a long project, easily the longest project (both in terms of book length and number of contributors) we’d undertaken in our fledgling publishing endeavor. At times I wasn’t sure we could pull it off.

It may come as no surprise to learn that it takes longer to produce a collection than it takes to produce a full-length novel. The main reason, in my experience, has been that there is a lot more to do in terms of communication. When producing a novel, we’re working with a single individual. Conversely, when producing a collection with upward of 40 or so contributors, a lot more messaging is going on throughout the entire production process. It’s not good, but it’s not bad either. It’s just part of the business, though it does take time.

Of course, working with a number of authors means that you get to learn a bit about them. Not a lot, but a few things. With this most recent collection, I’ve been fortunate to engage with a few of the contributors beyond their manuscripts. Those brief exchanges mean a lot to me because they help me in terms of humanizing the authors we publish. For example, it’s pretty unlikely I’m going to meet face to face with one of our international authors during the production cycle. But in exchanging messages with them that transcend the work we are each doing, there is a greater sense of knowing each other. Which brings me to author bios.

I probably enjoy reading the author bios of our contributors as much as their actual work. Every bio is unique. Of course it is. And every author has a story to tell. I’m not referring to the work they are producing but the actual lives they’ve lived that has resulted in their unique, one-of-a-kind author bio that will publish in the collections where their stories are found. We also publish these bios on our website with photos of our authors. I cannot tell you how much I enjoy this small aspect of the process. Matching a face to a bio makes it even more real for me. To date, I believe we have worked with 59 authors in 21 months. Sometimes I wonder how we get it done.

One reason, of course, is that we simply put in the hours. This is why I’m awake so late on a work night, working on our Contributors web page, adding small photos and brief windows into the lives of the authors we’ve published, each a fascinating story of its own. Over the next few days the page will be fully revised, and there it will remain, until the next Halloween collection arrives in early October 2019, at which point I’ll be back here again, updating the page with new faces and new stories.

I look forward to making these new acquaintances, perhaps even yours.

DY