The Pandemic, the Press, and You
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the last few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has affected you in some way. (If you have been living under a rock, stay there — it’s safer). For us at Pulp Lit, many things have not changed. We’re writers and editors, and we like working at home in isolation — revel in it, even!
We have always conducted our business meetings virtually, and our day-to-day operations haven’t changed. However Pulp Literature Press will feel the effects. Conventions, booklaunches, and retreats are an important part of what we do. They get our books out in the community and let us engage with writers and readers in person.
This will be a hard year for us financially with so many event cancellations and the Canadian dollar plummeting due to oil prices. It will be hard for our authors and artists too. We’ve already seen one of our favourite bricks and mortar stores, the Wylde Wood Collective, close its doors due to the crisis. Here’s what we’re doing to help out our readers and our authors while keeping our non-profit press alive.
- We’re offering 25% off of anything in our online shop. Just load up your cart and save when you enter the coupon code COVID19.
- We have linked our Patreon income to scaling pay rates for authors and artists. When we reach $200 a month (we’re almost there now), our maximum pay for short stories will increase to $0.08 per word and go up to $0.10 per word at $400. You can see more details on the Patreon page.
- We will be livestreaming readings from authors every Friday at 10am pacific time starting today! Each week will feature three different authors who will read and answer questions from the audience between 10:00 and 10:30.
He’s an actor, playwright, and fight choreographer. Oh, he’s also an award-winning novelist. CC Humphreys is the distinguished 1st Issue feature author, appearing again in Issue 14. He’s a chimaera, like so many of our authors — and professional in every field (if his 17 published books and plethora of acting credits are anything to go by).
Born and raised in beautiful British Columbia, Canada, Laura Kostur finds inspiration from her surroundings and the wide variety of people drawn to the West Coast. Now employed in Communications with the Federal Government of Canada, Laura enjoy a job that allows her to write and edit every day, while interacting with a wide variety of people, and being of service to the public. When not at work, or working on her next novel, Laura can be found cutting and thrusting her way through classes at Academie Duello, a school of European Swordplay and Western Martial Arts. Laura currently works, fights and writes in Vancouver, British Columbia, where she lives with her husband and possibly a dog, if enough people pester the aforementioned spouse into letting her adopt one.
Acquisitions editor Mel Anastasiou co-founded Pulp Literature magazine in 2013. She helps writers develop through structural editing with the magazine, in addition to her weekly writing tips on melanastasiou.wordpress.com, the popular ‘Writing Muse’ twitter feed, and through her non-fiction workbooks, The Writer’s Boon Companion: Thirty Days Toward and Extraordinary Volume, and The Writer’s Friend and Confidante. Her fiction includes Hertfordshire Pub Mysteries, the Monument Studio Mysteries, and the Stella Ryman Mysteries. In addition she is the chief illustrator for Pulp Literature and has produced two colouring books of renaissance-inspired artwork: Colouring Paradise and Dragon Rock.