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Many Thanks!

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Sketch for Allaigna’s Song cover by Melissa Mary Duncan

We are thrilled and still a bit giddy after the nail-biting hours of the campaign last night!  Our funding was successful and we cannot thank enough all the wonderful backers who made Something Novel happen!

Issue 13 is at the printers, and Boon Companion will be  soon too.  Kris Sayer is hard at work on the cover for Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries and we’ve just seen the first sketch by Melissa Duncan for Allaigna’s Song: Overture.  Mel and Jen will be tidying up the documents and we’ll be getting the pre-launch gears rolling for the novels soon.

But today is Friday, and it’s time to relax with a glass of prosecco.  Hope your weekend is wonderful!

Saluto!

Jen, Mel & Sue

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Pulp Literature’s Pushcart Nominees

We love all the stories in our magazine, and choosing which ones to submit for prizes is like choosing between one’s children.  But we only get to nominate six pieces for the Pushcart Prize, and this year’s nominees are:

  • ‘Stalk’ by George McWhirter (Issue 9)
  • ‘Taraxicum Officinale’ by Mary H Auerbach Rykov (Issue 9)
  • ‘Uncanonical Murder’ by Carol Berg (Issue 10)
  • ‘Vellum’ by Andrea Lewis (Issue 10)
  • ‘How to Write a Successful Obituary for a Superhero’ by Matthew Hooton (Issue 11)
  • ‘If You’d Like to Make a Call, Please Hang Up’ by Bob Thurber (Issue 12)

We have our fingers crossed and we wish these authors all the best of luck as we send their stories off.

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To read these fine stories you can purchase all four digital versions of the 2016 issues for only $15 on the Something Novel Kickstarter (select the Digital Sampler).  But hurry — only until 11pm today!

85% Funded, 24 Hours Left!

Something Novel is 85% funded on Kickstarter!  Can we have a HUGE round of applause for all the amazing backers who’ve got us this far!  And a special HIP HIP HOORAAAAY for more than a dozen backers who have stepped up in the last few days and doubled, tripled, sextupled, or12-fold increased their pledges!

If you haven’t been to the Something Novel Kickstarter page, today’s your last chance.  Get your pledge in for your subscription, your copy of The Writer’s Boon Companion, and the novels Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries and Allaigna’s Song: Overture. stella-allaigna-2-small

Kickstarter is all or nothing.  If we don’t reach our funding goal of $13,970 by 10:30pm Pacific Time on December 1st none of the funding comes through.  Boon, Stella and Allaigna won’t happen, and neither will this brand new Canadian novel publishing enterprise.
If you want to bring these heroes to the page, along with brand new novels by established and emerging authors, consider tossing a nickel in the hat as an investment in a vibrant arts scene and the health of your future bookshelf.
With immense gratitude to all our backers!

Join us at Academie Duello

Join us to celebrate the success of our Something Novel Kickstarter campaign

We’re planning a party and you’re invited!

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CC Humphreys

A Literary Launch & Swordfighting Salon
Sunday 18 December, 2pm – 6pm
at Academie Duello School for Swordplay
412 W Hastings, Vancouver BC

This will be an entertaining afternoon of swordfighting and author readings.  We have ten local authors lined up to read, including CC Humphreys, JJ Lee, Eileen Kernaghan and Sebastien de Castell!

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JJ Lee

Tea will be served, and there will be a selection of baked goods and afternoon delicacies.  There will also be book sales, signings, and a craft fair featuring beautiful gifts by local artisans so you can get your last minute shopping done while being entertained.

Eileen Kernaghan

Entrance is by donation.  Half the proceeds go to supporting the magazine and the other half to Academie Duello’s Youth Outreach program, helping get kids get engaged and active.

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Sebastien de Castell

 

 

 

 

 

 

boon-coverWe’ll be launching Pulp Literature Issue 13 there and The Writer’s Boon Companion print edition as well.

You can RSVP on the Facebook invitation to let us know you’re coming to the launch.  We’d love to see you there!

Jen, Mel & Sue
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Submissions close tonight

Last call for submissions for 2017!

Get your short fiction in before midnight on November 30th.  Submission Guidelines are here.

colored-pencils-rainbow-heartThere is no reading fee for this call.  However if you’d like to support the magazine and the work we do, please consider getting a subscription or a back issue through our current Kickstarter campaign, Something Novel. Your support is truly appreciated by our hard-working editors … as are your stories.  We look forward to reading them!

Jen, Mel, & Katherine

 

PS: If you submitted a story to us in the last round and haven’t heard back that is good news!  It means the story is under consideration and has gone for a third round of readings.

Cyber Monday Made Simple

No need to spend all day trawling dozens of websites.  Get all your gifts on Something Novel in ten minutes and then go out and enjoy screen-free time!

Add-ons add up to savings

Kickstarter isn’t a store, which means you can’t simply add items to a shopping cart as you check off your gift list.  But we are flexible and accomodating.  If you want to customize your reward bundle simply hit ‘manage my pledge’ and change your pledge to include the additional items.  Here’s a handy price guide to add-ons:

  • Digital subscriptions – $15 for 1 year, $10 per year for additional years
  • Digital novels – $6 each or $10 for both
  • The Writer’s Boon Companion – $10
  • Colouring Paradise – $10
  • Print novels – $20
  • Additional print back issues – $25 per 4 issues
  • Handwritten gift cards sent anywhere in the world – $7 each

If you want items shipped outside Canada, please be sure to add an appropriate amount for shipping.  However, if you’re ordering multiple copies of anything we’re happy to give you a shipping discount.  Just send a message to inquire!

Here’s one of our most popular reward bundles:

The Reader’s Delight – $80

We present a package for the avid reader!

  • Allaigna’s Song: Overture
  • Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries
  • A four issue print subscription to Pulp Literature
  • Additional back issues or years of Pulp Literature can be added for $25 per four issues.
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Get more great rewards through November at Something Novel

Holidays Made Easy!

We’ve all seen the ads telling us not to buy junk.  We know from experience that cheap toys and breakable plastic just wind up in the recycling at best, and the garbage at worst.  So this year, buy a gift with the highest credentials:  locally sourced and produced, supportive of the arts, and built to last for multiple users.  Tastefully produced and beautiful to look at,  Pulp Literature appeals to every reader because we provide a spectrum of genre fiction, and all of it fresh and appealing.

Make your Christmas shopping easy.  For $55, you can have four issues of Pulp Literature delivered to the door of your friends or relatives.   For an additional $7 we’ll include a beautiful gift announcement card by Mel Anastasiou, handwritten and personalized with your message.

Notecards by Mel Anastasiou

Plus you get to minimize your carbon footprint by staying out of the malls and shopping from home.  It’s a win-win situation!

 

There’s just a week left to go in our Something Novel Kickstarter campaign.  If you haven’t already renewed your subscription please visit the campaign page.  Ebook subscriptions are cheaper, and print subscriptions come with a free ebook subscription through the kickstarter only.  Great rewards like portraits, critiques, workshops, and the novel releases of Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries and Allaigna’s Song: Overture make the KS campaign a great place for one-stop gift shopping as well!  See you there!

Top 10 Reasons to Renew on Kickstarter

You may be wondering why we’re asking you to subscribe or renew via our Something Novel Kickstarter page, when you could just as easily hit the subscribe tab above and renew with paypal, or send us a cheque in the mail.  And believe us, if that’s how you’d rather subscribe we are more than happy to receive your hard-earned dosh in any form (except cows — we’ll barter for some things, but there’s just no more room for cows).

Still, we think you should give Kickstarter a go, and here are some reasons why:

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10. Fabulous Rewards!  While you can get our magazine in other ways, there are some things we only offer through the Kickstarter, such as manuscript critiques and backer portraits.   For most of the year our editors and artists are simply too busy to offer these, but for a limited time they are willing to burn the midnight oil to support the Kickstarter campaign.

9. Visibly show your support for the arts.  When you become a backer you are not just an anonymous subscriber.  We’ll print all our backer names in issue 14 of Pulp Literature (unless you ask us not to).  The campaign page itself remains visible and your name (or pseudonym) will always be attached to it, showing that you care about writing, literature, the arts, and good stories.  The backer count itself is as important as the money received in showing the world there is support for grassroots, crowdfunded arts.

8. Gifts for every backer.  Every backer receives downloadable files for these beautiful notecards.  And for each additional 50 backers who join in, we add another card to the collections.

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7. One stop Christmas shopping.  No malls, no post office line-ups!  We ship our magazines and books anywhere in the world, and for an extra $7 we will hand write and mail a card to the recipient of your choice.  You can send multiple gifts on a single pledge by just adding the appropriate amounts.  When we send you a survey at the end of the campaign you can let us know the details of all the recipients.

6.  A successful campaign generates buzz.   The biggest challenge small magazines face is developing name recognition.  A Kickstarter campaign gets the word out, spreads our logo and helps people remember the name.

5. Help launch a new Canadian publishing house.   Not only can you be among the first to receive Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries and Allaigna’s Song Overture, you’ll be helping us set foot onto the book publishing stage.  The success of these novels opens the door for us to accept new manuscripts for 2017 and 2018.stella-allaigna-2-small

4. Save $$$. There are plenty of discounts to be had on the Kickstarter page

  • Save $3 your ebook subscription – $15 for a year and $10 for each subsequent year.  Those are prices that can’t be beat.
  • A small number of copies of Colouring Paradise our Renaissance-inspired colouring book are on offer for 1/3 off the regular price.
  • Critiques are roughly half off regular rates.boon-cover-leather
  • Reward bundles like the Reader’s Delight, Writer’s Delight and Collector’s delight offer significant discounts.

4. Inspiration for Writers.  The beautiful and helpful Writer’s Boon Companion is only available through the Kickstarter at the moment.  Steam-power your writing to the next level!

3.  Free ebooks.  All our print magazine and novel rewards on the Kickstarter page come with free ebooks or digital subscriptions that you can ask us to give to a friend and spread the joy.

2.  Karma.  Supporting the arts and putting money towards something you enjoy or appreciate is just good karma.  Even a $1 donation helps fill up your karmic piggybank!pulp pile

1. These are stories you won’t forget. Enjoy them.   And enjoy the warm fuzzy feeling you get knowing you’ve helped us bring them to your doorstep for another year.

 

If all these reasons don’t convince you to sign in to Kickstarter, we understand completely.   A paper bag of crumpled notes stuffed through the mailbox will still get you a subscription … as long as your name and address is on it somewhere.  Just easy on the cows, okay?