Calgary, we know we don’t say this often enough but … we’re coming to see you!
A lot has happened since our last visit; we published a debut novel from Cowtowner, Michael Kamakana; we put out several new issues; and by the time we touchdown at YYC for When Words Collide, Matthew Hughes’s magnum opus, What the Wind Brings, will have landed as well. We’d love to catch up with you, so if you find yourself at Delta Calgary South for the 2019 WWC conference, stop by the Fireside room on Saturday (August 10th) at 2 pm.
In addition to Pulp Literature Presents, Jen Landels and Jessisca Fabrizius will be presenting at the following sessions:
3:00pm – Hiring the Right Editor
5:00pm – Common Manuscript Problems
6:00pm – Storytelling with Swordplay
12:00pm – Pitch session
2:00pm – Pulp Literature Presents
8:00pm – Autograph Session
11:00am – David vs Goliath: Writing the mis-matched fight scent
12:00pm – Live Action Slush – High Fantasy
1:00pm – Cover Art Trends
3:00pm – Live Action Slush – Urban Fantasy
4:00pm – Blue Pencil Cafe
5:00pm – Literary vs Speculative Fiction
Some of the other Pulp Literature authors in attendance at WWC include Jasmin Nyack, Michael Kamakana, Robert J Sawyer, Robert Runté, and Pat Flewelling. We hope to see you there as well!
Pulp Literature Presents Saturday 10 Aug, 2:00 – 3:00pm Fireside Room, Delta Calgary South
Come gather up fiction, poetry and art! Arrange them in your home in dazzling displays, plant them in your own creative gardens, and gift them to friends, family — strangers, if you like! Our issues are a delight in all seasons, but with spring comes longer hours to spend spread out among the flowers, good book settled in the fresh growth. Welcome to week 17 of Pulp Literature’s Year of Authors — delight in what our authors and artists have to offer!
Jennica Broom’s story ‘Dream Home’ was the runner up in the 2015 Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction. She lives in Orlando, Florida, where she spends her time writing and baking. She received her MFA from the University of Central Florida, and her work has appeared in Minerva Rising and Quad Literary Journal. Her blog is the stuff of binging (much like her baking, we suspect).
Jenny Blackford is a poet and author based in Newcastle, Australia. Her poems have appeared in The Pedestal Magazine, Strange Horizons, Star*Line and Rhysling anthologies, as well as various anthologies and venerable literary journals. Pamela Sargent called her subversively feminist historical novella set in ancient Greece, The Priestess and the Slave, “elegant.” Her first poetry chapbook, The Duties of a Cat, was published in 2013 by Pitt Street Poetry. And she speaks so. Many. Languages.
Jessica Barksdale’s fourteenth novel, The Burning Hour, was published by Urban Farmhouse Press in April 2016. Her novels include Her Daughter’s Eyes, The Matter of Grace, and When You Believe. A Pushcart Prize, Million Writers Award, and Best-of-the-Net nominee, her short stories, poems, and essays have appeared in or are forthcoming in the Waccamaw Journal, Salt Hill Journal, Little Patuxent Review, Carve Magazine, Palaver, and So to Speak. She is a Professor of English at Diablo Valley College in Pleasant Hill, California, and teaches novel writing online for UCLA Extension. She holds an MA in English Literature from San Francisco State University and an MFA from the Rainier Writers Workshop at Pacific Lutheran University.
JJ Lee presents a Christmas ghost story every year on CBC Radio in British Columbia. He mentors a non-fiction workshop at Simon Fraser University’s The Writer’s Studio. His memoir, The Measure of a Man: The Story of a Father, a Son, and a Suit, was a finalist for a Governor-General’s Award for Literature. He’s illustrated two of our covers, written three featured stories, and a fourth is forth-coming. He’s prolific, yo.
JM Landels divides her professional time between writing, editing, drawing, and teaching people to swordfight from horseback. She holds a BA in Mediaeval English Literature from UBC and may some day return to her doctorate in Arthurian Romance at University College London. She has been a freelance editor since 2003, and co-founded Pulp Literature Press in 2013. She has no hobbies, since they all tend to turn into professions. Her debut fantasy bestseller, Allaigna’s Song: Overture is available from Pulp Literature Press, with the sequel due out later this year. You can also find serialized bits of both novels in past issues of Pulp Literature along with her short story ‘Masquerade’ in Issue 12.
Or, if you really want to shower mum with appreciation all year long, give her a subscription to Pulp Literature and we’ll add in both Stella Ryman and the soon to be released Allaigna’s Song: Overture by JM Landels for only $10 more.
Stella + Issue 14, print: $17.95
Stella + Issue 14, eBook: $6.99
Mother’s Day Subscription bundle, print: $60
Mother’s Day Subscription bundle, eBook: $27.99
Be sure to drop us a line at info(at)pulpliterature.com to let us know her address, and we’ll even send an e-card on Mother’s Day. Now all you need to do is arrange that time alone for her to read …
And if this is a gift for yourself? Don’t worry, we won’t tell. Besides, you deserve it!
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.
But wait, there’s more! The second Allaigna novel will start in the pages ofPulp 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.
A great new read in fantasy, Allaigna’s Song: Overture never fails to intrigue and satisfy my love of adventure and superbly drawn characters.
From 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.
The Creative Writer’s Delight package is jam-packed with rewards for writers:
The 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.
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!
Hot off the presses! Issue 8 will be available at VCON, the Vancouver Science Fiction & Fantasy Convention, this weekend October 2-4.
Come and pick your copy up from Jen or Sue in the Vendor Hall … and get it signed by at least three of the authors. You’ll also be able to hear dvsduncan read from his steampunk story set in New Westminster, ‘Cropper’s Ball’ on the Friday evening multi-book launch.
While you’re at it track down Issue 1 and 5 cover artist Melissa Mary Duncan in the Artists’ Hall, hear Issue 5 feature author Eileen Kernaghan read from her captivating books, and listen to Issue 1 feature author CC Humphreys talk about writing the past.
We haven’t heard whether feature author JJ Lee will be able to attend, but keep your eyes out in case you spot him … or perhaps the Man in the Long Black Coat!
See you there!
VCON #40 Friday – Sunday, October 2-4 Sheraton Vancouver Airport Hotel 7551 Westminster Highway, Richmond
It seems as if our writers’ minds are working all the time.
Take your third act, for example. Everything you’ve outlined and drafted from the start results in shifts in your story, and your subconscious writer’s mind is keeping track of it all, each interwoven strand, keeping the sense of the whole story. This way you take some small but important aspect of the beginning and with it affect something vital at the end, which will resonate throughout your tale.
One great example you’ll remember from Lord of the Rings. Bilbo’s kindness in not killing Gollum, who would have killed him, is echoed repeatedly in Frodo’s less certain relationship with the wicked creature, and at last forces the outcome of the third act showdown.
Do you remember the posy of unusual flowers Allaigna received from a stranger in Verse 4 of Allaigna’s Song (Pulp Literature Issue 2), which comforted her when she was alone in the woods in Verse 13 (PL #5)? Without too many spoilers I can let you know you’ll see it again in Issue 8 and further down the road, its significance growing each time it appears.
Isn’t it grand how much our writing minds know? We learn these things instinctively as readers, but grow even more as writers as we employ our craft over and over on scales as small as a clever word choice and large as the whole world we created.