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Day 3 update

confidante-title-pageHuzzah!  We’re at 20% funded with 66 backers.  Thank you so much to everyone who’s backed the campaign so far!  Can we make it to 100 backers by this time tomorrow?  If we do we have a second gift from Mel for those 100 backers … The Writer’s Confidante: Thirty Days of Narrative Achievement. 

Similar to the Boon Companion, this guide has different prompts and a different tone, for when you need the gentle encouragement of a friend rather than the rousing push of a steam-powered robot.  Unlike Boon, we don’t yet have plans to release this one in print, so the only way you can get it is by becoming a backer on Kickstarter.

Join us, and gain a friend to help you write the month out.

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 .

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!

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).

allaigna-ad-smallNeed a reminder to visit the site on November 1st?

  • 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!

Nurture your Craft

small writerWriting is a solitary pursuit, often performed in a what seems like an echo chamber.  We write, re-read, re-write, with only our (often negative) self-critic there to give us advice.  But it doesn’t have to be that way.  The feedback received from an editor can be a lifeline when we’re drowning in the quagmire of self-doubt and circular thinking.

We’ve been there; we know what it’s like.  For Mel, Jen, and Sue, it’s the feedback from each other and from our amazing copy-editors and proofreaders — Amanda Bidnall, Dana Tye-Rally, Mary Rykov and Katie Howard — that keep our manuscripts on track and our heads on straight.  That’s why we’re offering three rewards on our Kickstarter especially for fellow writers.

Manuscript SOS

Need some editorial guidance?  Whether you want developmental and structural advice or detailed line-edits, we’re here to help.  Send us a single novella-length work all at once or three or four shorter pieces throughout the year, and we’ll give you an editorial critique plus a second post-revision editing pass on up to 80,000 words.  The reward also includes the Colouring Paradise colouring book and a print subscription to Pulp Literature – that’s a $500 value for only $300!

Twelve-week online writing course

Struggling with getting the words down?  Need to add some zing to your prose?  Write three new short stories or three sections of your work-in-progress in our Skype-in writing sessions, and we will help you hone and polish them in our four-step editing process till they are publication-ready.  As well as the colouring book and subscription, the course includes a minimum of three Hour Story sessions by Skype, and three editing stages of at least one piece by our in-house professionals:  structural editing, line-editing, and proofreading.  All this for only $600!

Year-long mentorship

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If this is the year you truly want to make a quantum leap in your writing, consider a mentorship.  On top of everything included in the 12-week course, our mentorship program features continuing editorial feedback, a monthly Hour Stories session, submissions guidance, editing tutorials and — possibly the most important ingredient in the solitary career of a writer — collegiality and moral support.  Normally this level of mentorship is available for $120 a month through our Patreon page, but for the Kickstarter we are offering it at $1200 for whole year.  That’s only $100 a month!

Support and constructive critique is the fuel that feeds your Muse.  Thank her for her gifts by treating her — and yourself — to some well-earned soul food!

Colouring Paradise: Angel Over Castle

I love the look in this angel’s eye.  The late 15th century model was a peripheral funereal bronze by the del Pollaiuolo brothers.  When I made her central in a composition she seemed to take the weight of the world upon her —  by choice, I think.

I’ve adapted her a bit from my original inking to make her more fun to colour.  It’s important to have great light spaces and shape-able curves, as in the clouds that surround her, as well as the intricate bits in her dress and wings.  And to be able to choose from the prism of a colour box for the uplift of light around her.  The magpie wing palm is one of my favourite trees — it’s a palm tree I feathered, for fun.

I hope you like the book. Thanks for the encouraging reviews and for checking out our Kickstarter page for Colouring Paradise: a Renaissance Inspired Colouring Book for Adults & Kids.

 

Happy Friday!

Here’s another beautiful preview page from Colouring Paradise, this one coloured by the multi-talented Sandra Vander Schaaf.

'Magpie' coloured by Sandra Vander Schaaf
‘Magpie’ coloured by Sandra Vander Schaaf

There are still two days left to get this or one of our other sample pages free and early from our Kickstarter page!

What better way of wishing you ‘Two for Joy’ on a Friday?

Pulp Literature Subscriptions on Kickstarter

By popular request we’ve added an option for 2016 print subscriptions for Pulp Literature to our current Colouring Paradise campaign.  That way, if you love your print copies of Pulp but have no use for a printed version of the colouring book, you can still renew through Kickstarter.

Issue 8 backA print subscription of four big issues is $60, which includes postage anywhere in North America, a digital subscription you can gift to someone else, and the pdf version of the colouring book.  You can add an additional year for yourself or a gift print subscription for someone else for only $30 — that’s half price!

Subscriptions can be back-dated to include 2014 or 2015 issues (subject to availability of back issues) or can start later if your current subscription hasn’t run out yet.

For 2016 we have stories from George McWhirter, Carol Berg, Matthew Hooton, CC Humphreys and more in the works.  We have a new novella series from Mel, The Seven Swans, as well as another Stella novella, the winners of the Raven Contest, and the final chapters of Allaigna’s Song.  Don’t miss out!

https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/899865359/colouring-paradise-a-renaissance-inspired-coloring

Special Reward for Early Backers

We test-drove Colouring Paradise by putting samples of our pages in the hands of select avid colourists.  Here’s the first result, a gorgeous rendering of Mel’s ‘Michael’ in gel pen, coloured pencil, and sharpie by Donna Phillips-Jackson.

'Michael' by Mel Anastasiou, colours by Donna Phillips-Jackson
‘Michael’ by Mel Anastasiou, colours by Donna Phillips-Jackson

Within Colouring Paradise there are a mix of intricate, densely-filled pages and those with more white space to allow your own creative ideas to unfold.  We love the sparkling golden rays fanning out from Michael’s halo that Donna has added to her version.

If you can’t wait to get your hands one of Mel’s lovely illustrations to colour for yourself, we have a special offer for early backers on our Kickstarter campaign:  anyone who pledges $10 or more before Sunday November 8th will be sent a sample pdf of either ‘Michael’, ‘Magpie’, or ‘Lost Lady’ immediately.

That pdf is yours for free, whether our campaign succeeds or not, as a thank-you for backing us early, so head on over to our Kickstarter page to get your sample now!

Three pages from Colouring Paradise

Our new Kickstarter project, Colouring Paradise: a Renaissance-Inspired Colouring Book, launched yesterday, and today we thought we’d give you a closer look at the three drawings that are available as single images.  They all appeared in Issue 1 of Pulp Literature, and even though they are some of Mel Anastasiou’s earliest published work they are remarkable in their detail and feeling.

Magpie

magpiesmallerDeep in the magic forest, a magpie rules all she surveys.  This drawing is one of the first instances of Mel’s signature, rope-like, tangled trees.  The magpie at first seems caged by the forest, until you realize she might fly away at any moment into the clearing behind her.  The orginal drawing now lives in Australia, feeling regal amid her short-tailed down-under cousins.

Michael

Michael, by Mel AnastasiouMichael holds the world up for review.  When CC Humphrey‘s story ‘Where the Angels Wait’ came to us, we knew Michael was the perfect angel for its title page.  Here’s a peek at the work in progress, before Mel added the globe to this drawing in the style of Carlo Crivelli.  You can already see Mel has captured the delicate hands, nose and mouth typical of the 15th century painter’s work.

Lost Lady

smallhistorical2After Paolo Veronese;  Veronica  is lost in the woods with only her shining jewels and silks to light the darkness around her.  This drawing first appeared as an incidental illustration in Issue 1.  In Issue 2, she reappeared in a plain white dress to accompany David Clink’s poem, ‘The Lady in White’.  Here she is, with her intricate dress restored for your colouring pleasure.

These three images are on offer as high-resolution pdfs on the Kickstarter page for only $2 each, or $5 for all three.  This is nowhere near what the intricate works are worth, but Mel is very generously offering them for those just dipping their toes into the colouring craze.  And if three’s not enough, you can get the entire book for $10 as a pdf, or $20 in print.

We are a registered non-profit organization, and once we have covered our production and shipping costs, all remaining funds to paying artists and authors.    Please consider backing us on Kickstarter:  this colouring book project will help keep Pulp Literature, and the stories and artwork you’ve come to love, alive!

Colouring Paradise

Colouring bookFall is in the air, so it must be time for us to launch a new Kickstarter campaign!

This one is a little different though.  Colouring Paradise is a compilation of twelve beautiful plates of Mel’s artwork in full-page colouring book format.  The saddle-bound book is printed on high quality paper, with one image per sheet for easy colouring and framing.

Colouring is relaxing, creative way to focus the mind, relieve stress, and open new creative doorways.  But don’t take it from us — check out these articles from The Guardian, CTV, and The Huffington Post.

This is a smaller campaign than usual for us: we’re only asking for the $3750 we need to produce this book, and the campaign will run for just 22 short days.  Of course you can still subscribe and purchase back issues of Pulp Literature on the Kickstarter page.

Take a look at our campaign, share it with your friends, family and social network.  We’ve only got three weeks to meet our goal, but with your help we can do it!

We hope you love this new book as much as we do!

Jen, Sue & Mel