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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!

Here’s Why We Hope You’ll Subscribe: Superb Stories and a Noble Enterprise

With the whole great world of publishing at your fingertips, we hope you’ll choose to subscribe to Pulp Literature. We work hard to get you the best storytelling around, and to keep our philosophy rooted in integrity, keeping true to our goals and our promises to you, our readers, authors, and artists.

Our editorial goal is to put together a gorgeous magazine bursting with intriguing tales for you, our faithful readers.

Our business goal is to become the first literary magazine to sustain itself on subscriptions from satisfied customers.

Our employment goal is to pay higher and higher per-word and per-page rates to our authors and artists as our subscription list grows.

With three days left in our Something Novel campaign, we wish you warm spots to read and put your feet up, the most comfortable of seating, and a happy reading experience this winter, and through the year. Thanks for your readership and support.

Mel & Jen

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!


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 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.

Portraits by Mel
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.



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.

Top Ten Brill Reasons

Top Ten Reasons

to visit Something Novel right now and support your sweatstained Pulp Literature team on Kickstarter.

Reason #10

“Because I don’t want to carry around the collected works of Eudora Welty.”

Reason #9

“Because it fits in my bag and looks gorgeous while I read it on the train.”

Reason #8

“Because the pages feel smooth and beautiful.”

Reason #7

“Because it I can give it to my friends or leave it on my coffee table to show off.”

Reason #6

“Because I want to read different types of stories from all genres, as long as they’re all well told.”

Reason #5

“Because they give me an exquisite illustration to showcase every story.”

Reason #4

“Because it’s about darned time that a magazine works so hard to pay its writers.”

Reason #3

“Because the editors read every story they get, emerging and established.”

Reason #2

“Because it’s the only Canadian magazine that publishes all genres.”

Reason #1

“Because the editors want their writers and artists to succeed and will do everything they can to help them.”

Go Pulp Literature!  We want to publish not only your superbly written short stories but novels as well, and we’re putting up ours to Kickstart the boutique genre press.  Pulp Spec, Pulp Steam, Pulp Fantasy, Pulp Mystery, Pulp Historica … Get it here!

A Branch and a Turning Point

poorthingnogreyI love the story “Poor Thing” by KM Vaghela. Fellow editor Jen Landels suggested that I draw the branch that the story turns on. I hoped to show the turning by pointing branches towards each possible outcome: up or down. A detail from a Filippo Lippi painting was most helpful.

You can read ‘Poor Thing’ in Issue 2 of Pulp Literature, along with gripping tales and poetry, beautifully written by JJ Lee, Mary H Auerbach Rykov, Milo James Fowler, Sarah Pinsker, Kris Sayer and other terrific storytellers and artists.

Issue 2, Spring 2014
Issue 2, Spring 2014

We think you will love this issue so much that we are making it the first milestone reward on our Patreon page. When we reach $200 a month we’ll give Issue 2 to all our patrons for free! 

Writer’s Block, Logic, and Trust

The Oxford Dictionary defines ‘writer’s block’ as the condition of being unable to think of what to write or how to proceed with writing.

“I haven’t written in a week. It’s like holding your breath under water. You feel an awful constriction and then the instinct to propel yourself.”
-D. A. Botta

“I have found repeatedly hitting my head with a mallet doesn’t help at all, so I am open to suggestions.”
-Steve Merrick

Every successful author is expected to answer interview questions about Writer’s Block.

Read enough of the answers and it’s clear that consensus among writers is that Writer’s Block arises from a crisis of trust in our own writing talent.  And there are useful strategies we can bring to it.  We can deal with the the block on the inside — by acknowledging the talent for writing that has carried us thus far — and on the outside — by working on our WIP outlines.

First, the outer writer:  if you have written an outline, then the difficulty is no longer what you’re going to write but if you’re going to write.

Second, the inner writer:  trust your talent.  You’re a writer because your talent drives you.  It always has and it always will.  Therefore, it’s no longer if you’re going to write but when you’re going to write.

In our ridiculously busy lives, when is not so easy.  Still, time management for writers, as opposed to bugaboo writer’s block (see how I removed the capitals there?) is a much more positive and enterprising problem to think about.

Next time, a couple of tricks for using outlines, story cards, and writing prompts to help stride boldly past the block back into your WIP.

Drawing on Angels

Tobias-And-The-Angel cropPaging through colour plates in a London library, I happen upon a photo detail from a tomb. This is a golden angel Pollaiuolo cast in the mid-15th Century, and the desire to draw this angel comes over me much the same way that I sometimes crave Thai food.

I begin to sketch in pencil. First a blind sketch, 60 seconds counted under my breath, in order to get the tendency of the piece—the leaning-towards, the gazing-beyond-and-upwards, that is so characteristic of Rennaisance work. Then I turn my pencil sideways and begin to add shadows and tone, which will not appear in the final inked drawing. I spend most of my time pencil-correcting the blind sketch proportions.angelpensiveDec8

Not long ago, when I began drawing, I  wondered if it was a bad idea to spend time and obsession-energy on art while working to finish three manuscripts, each in in various states of déshabille. Yet I’ve found drawing helps me enjoy the wide and narrow focuses I have to bring to my novels. Drawing helps me concentrate.   

Mel Anastasiou is both editor and illustrator at Pulp Literature.  Look for more of her angels in our first issue feature story, “Where the Angels Wait” by CC Humphreys.