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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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Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries

For my money, here’s the best reward on Something Novel

Mrs Stella Ryman is an amateur sleuth, trapped in a down-at-heel care home.
You’d be cranky, too.

Have I mentioned how much I adore Mel Anastasiou’s Stella Ryman and the Fairmount Manor Mysteries?

Of course, I may be biased.  I was there when Stella was born, in Mel’s beautiful house on Bowen Island, overlooking the water, with the sun flickering through the towering trees around us.  In fact, I feel sure the opening sentence that came from Mel’s pen in that Hour Stories session, and which has remained unchanged since, was a product of benevolent Bowen sunshine.

“On this particular sun-and-shade April morning at Fairmount Manor, Stella Ryman no more entertained the idea of becoming an amateur sleuth than she had of entering next spring’s Boston Marathon.” 

Isn’t that brilliant?  I’m sure that a hundred years from now it will be one of those oft-quoted first lines, right alongside “It is a truth universally acknowledged …”

But Mel’s prose isn’t just elegant and witty … it’s also warm, compassionate, and insightful.

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Heroes come in all shapes, sizes, ages, and abilities; and Stella, for all her eighty years and circumscribed life, is a hero that can stand proud in any Hall of Worthies.

If you haven’t yet met Stella, or if you have and want to get to know her better, consider ordering a copy on Pulp Literature‘s Something Novel Kickstarter campaign.  I guarantee you won’t be disappointed!

-Jen

 

 

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!

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Interview with a Sleuth

The subject of today’s Proust Questionnaire is Mel Anastasiou’s wily octogenarian detective, Stella Ryman, who is trapped in a down-at-the-heels care home.  Here’s what the sleuth of Fairmount Manor has to say:stellanovella2poster

  1. What is your idea of perfect happiness?  Making myself a cup of tea, unsupervised.
  2. On what occasion do you lie?  For my dignity, or Thelma Hu’s.
  3. What do you most dislike about your appearance?  These darned fleece tracksuits.
  4. When and where were you happiest?  Thirty years back, when I was in a love affair with my no-good lodger.
  5. What do you consider your greatest achievement?  My daughter Junie. I wish we were still speaking.
  6. What is your most marked characteristic?  Two: I am intrepid, and I’ve read everything.
  7. What is your greatest regret?  Selling up and assigning every penny to come to Fairmount Manor care home.
  8. How would you like to die?  With my hands folded on my breast, like the Lady of Shalott.
  9. What is your motto?  Soldier on, Stella.

melanastasiouNot only is Mel our talent in-house illustrator and co-editor, she has also written many fabulous novels and novellas.  The Extra (aka Frankie Goes to Hollywood) is due out soon, and you can follow Mel on her blog.  You can find  the first two Stella Novellas, ‘The Case of the Third Option’ and ‘The Poison Pen Affair’ in the Winter and Summer 2014 issues of Pulp Literature. The third and fourth novellas, ‘The Four-Digit Puzzle’ and ‘The Case of the Vanishing Resident’ will appear in issues 5 and 7 respectively.  You can order back issues and one- or two-year subscriptions on our Kickstarter page: