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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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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!
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Double Dare: Stella and Allaigna!

What’s better than one great heroine?  Two!

Our Something Novel campaign has just been picked as staff favourite over at Kickstarter, and we like to think it’s because of our ‘Strong Female Characters’, aka the heroes of Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries and Allaigna’s Song: Overture.

On the surface, Stella and Allaigna couldn’t seem more different:  one is in her eighties, trapped in a home waiting to die; and the other is a child just starting out on a life of adventure.

However, it is their similarities that make them characters we love.  Despite their lack of personal power, they are stubborn, strong-willed, and fierce crusaders against injustice of all kinds.   We are rooting for them from page one.

If you want to invite both these uppity women into your home, choose the Double Dare on Kickstarter.  For $35 + shipping we will send you each novel as it’s released: Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries at the end of March, and Allaigna’s Song: Overture in late May.  And if digital is your style, you can get both novels for the amazing deal of $10.

bookshelfBut wait, there’s more!  The second Allaigna novel will start in the pages of Pulp Literature Issue 13 and continue to be serialized throughout the year.  Plus, issues 14 and 16 will both contain brand new Stella novellas!  To avoid missing out you can get a print subscription plus the novels with the Reader’s Delight at $80, or your can add a digital subscription to any reward for only $10.

But hurry!  There are only a few hours left of the Kickstarter campaign.

 

Help these heroines into books of their own by backing us on Kickstarter!

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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!

 

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.

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Earlybird pricing ends tomorrow!

Just a quick update today to let you all know that there are still a few copies of Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries and Allaigna’s Song: Overture available at the awesome price of only $15 + shipping on the Something Novel page.  But these prices will only last till Sunday evening!stella-allaigna

An even better deal is the Reader’s Delight reward, which includes both novels, plus a 4-issue subscription to Pulp Literature for only $65.  That’s only $15 more than a subscription by itself.  But this price runs out tomorrow too.  Hurry and get yours before its too late!

 

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Delightful Rewards for Readers and Writers

Is there a reader in your life you’d love to surprise and delight?  Or a hard-to-shop-for writer perhaps.  Our Readers’ and Writers’ packages on the Something Novel Kickstarter Campaign may just make your holiday shopping a delightful breeze.  But hurry, these are limited rewards!

The Readers’ Delight – $80

Earlybird Reader’s Delight – $65 till November 6th
Limited Reward
readers-delightThe best kind of gift is the one that lasts all year.  A subscription to Pulp Literature gives avid readers a book-sized issue for every season, with short stories, novellas, comics, poetry and novel exerpts to delight them all year long in both print and ebook formats.  But that’s not all!  They will also receive both novels: Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries, and Allaigna’s Song: Overture .

  • Until Sunday November 6th all this is available at the $65 level instead of $80
  • Only 14 left at $65!

The Writer’s Delight – $100

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For the reader who also writes, or the writer who also reads (and don’t they all?), you can add The Writer’s Boon Companion 30-day writing journal, plus an editorial critique to all the goodies of the Reader’s Delight above for only $20 more.  With all the wit and wisdom of a steam-powered robot, the Boon Companion will guide you or your writer friend through a month of writing … and after that you’ll be able to pick your favourite 1000 words to send to our editors for a critique.  Feedback is priceless, but all this is only $100.

The Creative Writer’s Delight – $150
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Limited Reward
Creative Ink is the hottest new literary festival in town, and it’s back again from 30 March – 2 April 2017.  This is the place to glean valuable writing, marketing, and publishing advice, get your manuscript blue-pencils, pitch a novel, and schmooze with fellow writers.  A three-day pass is normally $80, but you can add it to the Writer’s Delight rewards for only $50 more.  But hurry, this one’s almost gone!

Let your friends know about these great packages … or surprise them with a gift to delight!

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Something Novel is live!

Don’t let the Hallowe’en fireworks die down yet, our new Kickstarter campaign, Pulp Literature: Something Novel is live!

The campaign is raising funds to bring two of your favourite heroes, Mel Anastasiou’s Stella Ryman and JM Landels’s Allaigna, back to the page in glorious full-length novel format as they were meant to be read.  If you’ve been itching to get your hands on these books, hurry to the campaign page now.  We have made 15 copies each of Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries and Allaigna’s Song: Overture available at the early-bird price of $15 instead of $20.  But hurry, these prices are only available till Sunday!

And those aren’t the only rewards for early backers.

  • The first 50 backers, regardless of pledge amount, will receive a pdf advanced release copy of Mel’s fabulous new writing workbook, The Writer’s Boon Companion.  And you’ll receive this gift right away, without having to wait till the end of the campaign.
  • If we get 50 backers by the end of November 2nd, we have another gift for you.  This one’s a mystery, but we promise it’s something you’ll be able to use again and again in the upcoming holiday season and all year long.
  • And if we get 100 backers by November 4th we have a second gift!

Plus there are more limited rewards

  • The Earlybird Readers Delight: get a copy of both Stella and Allaigna, plus a 1 year subscription to Pulp Literature for only $65 until Sunday or the limit of 20 is reached.
  • We have 30 copies of Colouring Paradise: a Renaissance-Inspired Colouring Book to give to readers who pledge $10 or more.
  • Plus a collection of inspired and inspiring packages for writers, readers and art-lovers at the $100 and up levels.

And of course you can also renew your subscription to Pulp Literature here as well and benefit from all the earlybird goodies today or tomorrow.  See you over at Kickstarter!

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Mock-ups covers for Stella & Allaigna

 

 

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Something Novel this way comes …

Have you heard the news?  Pulp Literature is growing larger.  Or longer, rather.  That’s right, we are expanding into publishing full-length fiction!

stella-ad-pink-smallWe’ll be starting with heroes you know and love well: Allaigna and Stella from the pages of Pulp Lit.  With the help of a Kickstarter campaign set to launch at the beginning of November, we’ll bring you Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries, a five-mystery arc as it was meant to be read in novel format, plus the complete text of  Allaigna’s Song: Overture with updated illustrations and maps.

If the Kickstarter campaign is a success, these two novels will be just the beginning.  We’ll be opening for novel submissions soon, with the aim of publishing ten books by up-and-coming genre writers before the end of 2018.

You can help make this a reality.  Here’s how

  1.  Visit our campaign on launch day, November 1st.
  2.  Back us on day 1, even if it’s only for a dollar.
  3.  Tweet, share on Facebook, and email your friends to do the same.

If we get 50 backers in the first two days of the campaign we have a secret bonus reward lined up.  What is it?  It’s secret (but we know you’ll love it).

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  • Just join our event page and Facebook will do the job of reminding you when the campaign starts.
  • Or add yourself to our newsletter email list and we’ll shoot you an email that day.

We’re excited and just a little bit nervous.  It feels like it did back in 2013 when we launched the magazine.  We hope you’ll join us on this next grand adventure!

The Songbird Selection

When we decided to run a contest for the cover of Issue 11 we were nervous.  What if there were no entries?   Or worse, what if the entries we received were not up to the standards of our usual beautiful covers?  I have to admit to a little nail biting in the week leading up to our contest closing date.

When they did start to come in I let out a huge sigh of relief, and then I got excited.  Not only had artists been reading the chapters of Allaigna’s Song to date, they got it.  It was clear from the choices of character and scene that these artists understood and cared for Allaigna, her family, and her world almost as much as I do.  For a writer there is no bigger compliment, and I am truly grateful to all the entrants.

Winner

As always, it is hard to choose a winner, but choose we must.  The winner of the Songbird Cover Painting Contest is Kris Sayer, for her untitled piece depicting Allaigna’s epiphanic moment as she unlocks the magic of turning sound into light.  The painting is beautifully composed and skillfully drawn in dark tones and eery lighting.  IKrisSayer detailn addition to the technical qualities of the work, Kris has also come closest to reading my mind and capturing Allaigna’s appearance.  Brava!

We’re not going to show you the whole painting here — that reveal will have to wait until it shows up on the back cover of Issue 10.  But in the meantime here’s a close-up detail to tease you.

Runner Up

Elizabeth Stricker‘s painting ‘Angeley’s Secret’ was chosen as the runner-up.  Though the composition technical execution is not as expert as that of winning painting, there is a beautiful tenderness in this quiet but key scene from Issue 4 that won my heart.  The Madonna-blue of Angeley’s dress and the pink glow emanating from her hands are simply lovely.  Here is the artist’s statement.  (Caution: spoilers!)

‘Angeley’s Secret’ … depicts the scene in the story which I felt most poignantly shows the overall theme. Allaigna’s Song follows three generations of the women of a family, their loves, lives, and magic.  In this scene, Allaigna is singing to her wounded grandfather.  Her nurse Angeley joins her and begins singing also.  A pink glow shines from her hands and she moves them up and down his body, healing him.  What the reader doesn’t know at the time, is that Angeley is really Allaigna’s grandmother, Irdaign.  Chanist, her grandfather, is Irdaign’s great love. In his delirium, it is her, and not his new wife that he calls for.

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‘Angeley’s Secret’ by Elizabeth Stricker. Oil on canvas.

Circumstances robbed her of the life she could have had with him, raising their daughter — Allaigna’s mother Lauresa — together.  Irdaign never got the chance to teach her daughter magic, and had to disguise herself as a nursemaid to find a place back in her life.  Now, she has the opportunity to pass her knowledge of magic on to her granddaughter.  The love of this family crosses the barriers of circumstances.  Missing from this tableaux is Lauresa.  Her absence is also significant, as she has missed the opportunity to share in the magical lineage that is being passed (unknown to her) from her mother to her daughter. Angeley (Irdaign) is the only one who knows all of this.  In her face, I meant to capture the secret pain that she carries with this knowledge, along with her joy in her granddaughter.

Congratulations to both Kris and Elizabeth, and a huge thank you to all the entrants!