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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

Allaigna’s Song: Overture

Pre-order Allaigna’s Song: Overture by JM Landels
here, in beautiful print.

A great new read in fantasy, Allaigna’s Song: Overture  never fails to intrigue and satisfy my love of adventure and superbly drawn characters.

allaigna-adFrom the very first page, JM Landels draws us into Allaigna’s brilliantly observed world, a land rich in conflict and magic.  Jen is a gifted storyteller and gives her readers those greatest of rewards, surprise turns and great character growth and transformation.  Subtle and powerful, her writing always pleases.

In her first paragraphs, Jen shows her craft and genius in world-building, centering the reader firmly in a resonant family picture, rooting us into a land teetering on the verge of war.  Danger gathers all around the flawed and appealing young Allaigna.  Royal and empowered with magical abilities she has yet to discover, she feels the same fears that any young child might fear, of loss of a mother’s attention, and an uncertain place in her father’s kingdom.

Jen had me at Allaigna’s first song, when the little girl comes close to killing the new prince, her brother.  It’s a book you won’t be able to put down.

– Mel

Get the full novel here, along with terrific rewards, in the Kickstarter campaign to start up a boutique publishing house, with Allaigna’s Song: Overture  leading the way to more fantasy, science fiction, mystery, steampunk, and historica titles.stella-allaigna-2-small

Hurry!  The  campaign ends Thursday!

 

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!

 

The Writer’s Delight

Wondering what to give the writer in your life?  Look no further than Something Novel where you’ll find …

The Writer’s Delight

Limited Reward!  Jam-packed with Writing Value. You receive:book &Pen small

  •  The Writer’s Boon Companion, the motivating, illustrated 30-day writing guide
  • a detailed critique of up to 1000 words of your short story or work in progress by one of the Pulp Lit editors.
  • A print subscription to Pulp Literature (Additional back issues or years of Pulp Literature can be added for $25 per four issues.)
  • Allaigna’s Song: Overture
  • Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries.

This is a steal of a deal at the $100 reward level.  But hurry! There are only 9 left!

Looking for more great gift ideas?  Head on over to Something NovelWe even send gift cards!3-notecards

Art Collector’s Delight

All right, this is the uber mega reward.  For the true art lover who wants to be a patron of the arts by supporting Something Novel on Kickstarter at the $1000 level, you score a beautiful piece of original art by Mel Anastasiou.

Only 1 available!

Two for Joy, by Mel Anastasiou.

“To complete a composition of this size, with a fair amount of complexity, and smile while I work on it late into the night … the secret is to love every tiny line.”
– Mel Anastasiou

This signed16″ x 24″ pen and ink composition is drawn on high-quality acid-free paper and is suitable for framing.  Plus the lucky backer who pledges for this reward will get all the perks of the Collector’s Delight and a thank-you card from Mel.  That includes

  • All 12 print back issues of Pulp Literature  plus a 1-year print subcription.
  • Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries by Mel Anastasiou
  • Allaigna’s Song: Overture by JM Landels
  • The Writer’s Boon Companion by Mel Anastasiou
  • A complete collection of printable notecards from Mel
  • The option to swap the Art Lover’s Delight for the Collector’s Delight and have a portrait drawn by Mel.
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detail from Two for Joy

There’s only one reward at this level, but here’s where to get other great rewards:  Kickstarter’s Pulp Literature Press, Something Novel.

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This is huge support for Pulp Literature Press.  $1000.00 covers a quarter of printing and distribution costs for our first two novels, and lets us get the ball rolling for this brand new  publishing house.

What does the funding go towards?

The funds we raise through this Kickstarter campaign will pay for creative costs, production, marketing, and distribution to deliver Stella Ryman & The Fairmount Manor Mysteries and Allaigna’s Song: Overture into your hands.

  • Creative Costs: These include hiring a graphic designer, copy-editor, and proofreader for each book, plus the cost of new cover paintings for Allaigna and Stella by Melissa Mary Duncan and Kris Sayer.  Mel and Jen have contributed their texts at no cost to the project and will only get paid through royalties.
  • Printing & Distribution:  Books for the Canadian market will be printed locally at First Choice Books in Victoria BC, while international markets will be served by local print-on-demand services to reduce both shipping times and our carbon footprint.
  • Reward Fulfillment: This includes costs of rewards outside printing and distribution of the novels.
  • Marketing: We have allotted $1000 per book for marketing both during the campaign and afterwards to make sure these novels reach the eyes of readers like you around the world.
  • Kickstarter Fees: 3-5% of the funds go to credit card processing fees, and 5% of the money raised stays with Kickstarter to support the platform and make crowdfunding like this possible.

Colouring Paradise: A Renaissance-Inspired Colouring Book

Did you discover Paradise with last year’s Kickstarter?  If not, here’s your second chance!  We still have a few copies of Colouring Paradise: a Renaissance-Inspired Colouring Book available on Something Novel.  At $10 plus shipping, this book of beautiful full-sized, frameable colouring pages is the perfect gift for the colouring afficionado in your life.  Relaxing and inspiring, colouring may be just what you need to de-stress and re-invigorate your creative brain.  The reward includes:

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  • A gorgeous print version, plus the pdf to print as many additional pages as you like.
  • Add $9 to include The Writer’s Boon Companion and any digital issue of Pulp Literature (save a dollar)!
  • Add $9 to include a print edition of Pulp Literature (save another dollar)!

Here’s what people are saying

  • “classic timeless and elegant”
  • “exquisitely rendered”
  • “inspired and inspiring”
  • “possibly the beautiful pictures you’ve ever coloured”
  • “the most beautiful coloring book I’ve ever seen”michaelfortw2

 

 

 

 

 

Get this at more great rewards at Pulp Literature Press, Something Novel.

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?

 

Art Lover’s Delight

Every time we run a Kickstarter Mel generously offers to do beautiful portraits for a few lucky backers, and this year is no different.  This year there are only five Art Lover’s Delight rewards available on the Something Novel page.

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Author portraits by Mel

Art Lover’s Delight – Only 5 available! 

  • An 8.5 x 11″ pen and ink portrait of yourself or a loved one in Mel’s breathtaking renaissance style
  • A fun set of limited edtion JJ Lee paper dolls by Kris Sayer created for our first Kickstarter campaign back in 2013!
  • One of the few remaining print copies of Colouring Paradise.
  • A one-year print subscription to Pulp Literature.
  • Both novels: Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries and Allaigna’s Song: Overture.
  • The Writer’s Boon Companion illustrated 30-day writing journal
  • All this plus free shipping at the $500 level!
A 2015 Backer portrait

All of Mel’s customers have been delighted with their Renaissance-themed portraits.

As Mel says, “Like the Renaissance painters who are my first inspirations, I try to give good value, and at the $500 level I include intricate backgrounds and favourite themes in an intriguing composition.”mel-bubbly

Update! There are now only four of these rewards left on the Kickstarter.  Here’s where to get a one for yourself along with other great rewards:  Pulp Literature Press, Something Novel.

 

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Creative Writer’s Delight $150

pen2smallHere’s where to get more great rewards: Pulp Literature Press, Something Novel.

Creative Writer’s Delight

The Creative Writer’s Delight package is jam-packed with rewards for writers:

  • boontitlepagesmallThe Writer’s Boon Companion, a 30 day pocket guide to writing
  • a critique of up to 1000 words of your short story or work in progress.
  • A print subscription to Pulp Literature
  • Allaigna’s Song: Overture
  • Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries.
  • plus, full membership  to the Creative Ink Literary Festival from 31 March to 2 April 2017 in Burnaby, BC.  Don’t miss this amazing conference for writers, readers, and artists! There are only 3 available.
  • All these awards plus a festival membership for only $150!
  • Additional back issues or years of Pulp Literature can be added for $25 per four issues.

 Here’s where to get more great rewards: Pulp Literature Press, Something Novel.

Beat the Mid-November Blues

confidante-smallWriting is often a lonely business by necessity.  After all, it most often comes down to you and the blank page, and company is at best a distraction and at worst a hindrance.  But what if you had a quiet friend and confidante who was silent when you needed silence, yet ready with suggestions and words of encouragement when you need them most?

We introduce to you The Writer’s Friend and Confidante, a journal in which you’ll find thirty days of inspiration, tips and exercises, timely advice for each act of your story, and images to feed your eye and make you smile when you approach every lily-pale page.

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Best of all, we’re offering this workbook as a thank you gift to everyone who backs our Something Novel Kickstarter Campaign before November 16th.

So if you’re feeling the mid-month NaNoWriMo lag, you’re fresh out ideas, or your novel needs an ending, ask The Writer’s Friend and Confidante for timely and helpful advice.