I once drove a friend home from a dinner party, and though I wasn’t sure where she lived, I drove confidently for five minutes before my friend asked me where I was headed, since she lived in the opposite direction. I turned around and asked her why she hadn’t said anything earlier. She said, “You just seemed so certain of where you were going.”
Good writing is like good driving. Good writers power forward with such confidence, that we as reading passengers are sure they’re going somewhere important. We stick along for the ride and put up with a lot of uncertainty about the destination because we trust the writer. We are lulled by their clean manner and professional style. We are engaged because they take us off the humdrum freeway and onto the scenic route. We give our allegiance to the intensely focused voice, the strong sense of purpose, the magnetic direction of burning truth. Good writers gain our trust so we don’t want the journey to end. Good writers can take us anywhere.
Pulp Literature is now re-opened for submissions. Good Drivers Wanted.
We confess it. We look forward to feasting on our new submissions.
Not sure what has happened in the past few weeks (could it be the successful kickstarter campaign?), but we’ve been getting fabulous stories in all shapes and sizes, a veritable smorgasbord of literary creations. The hot list of items that we three editors are sharing with each other is getting longer and longer, and our excitement is growing for Issue Two.
Keep your stories coming, and we promise to stop gorging ourselves at some point soon and send out acceptance letters. And if we’re smart, we’ll save room for dessert.
Most writers starting out don’t make much money. They generally wind up paying out lots of money upfront for conferences, for memberships, for websites, for contest entries, for business cards…all in the hopes of eventually breaking even, then getting a real income. We at Pulp Literature find ourselves in a similar situation. In order to promote our magazine, we have volunteered our own time and money to get the website started, the illustrations drawn, the submissions read… We don’t expect to earn an income this year.
But we want our guest writers and artists to earn. We want to pay you first.
Our established feature writers have agreed to donate their works if there is not enough funding. They’re trying to support new writers. As well, Jen, Sue and Mel have agreed to donate their works if there isn’t enough funding. When the kickstarter ends, and our budget is clear, we will offer contracts to our approved submissions and let them know how much we can afford to pay. We would like to offer seven cents a word, but the reality might be less.
We may not make much money our first year, but we can offer a different kind of dividend to our writers and artists. We can offer a new network and a cool community. We can offer publication credits and a printed format that you can brag about and give your parents at Christmas. We can offer a place where your work will rub shoulders with well-known writers who are generously supporting our project. We hope you can also support us by submitting your work and spreading the word.