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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


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!

Critique Rewards! Don’t Miss ‘em!

Having just attended the Surrey International Writers’ Conference and watched the “aha!” looks on faces after receiving blue pencil appointments, I can bear witness to the power of a good critique to enlighten a writer and transform a story.  We all have blind spots, and a gentle finger pointing out problems is a gift.

Don’t rely on your friends and family to be brutally honest with you — hire us!  On our Kickstarter page we have specials on critique packages ranging from $50 to $500.  These are half off our regular prices and include subcriptions!

If you are impressed with the quality of writing and editing in our magazine, sign up on our Kickstarter and use our skills to your advantage.  We offer editing for every level of writer for a variety of needs, from developmental or concept editing, to line by line copy editing or proofreading.

Our reward packages are

  • Mini-critique: a detailed, written critique of up to 1000 words of your work-in-progress, short story or poem.  Includes a 1 year digital subscription to Pulp Literature.  This is a $120 value.  Backer reward level $50.
  • Critique: a detailed, written critique of up to 5000 words of your short story or  work-in-progress, followed by a 20 minute Skype or phone session with one of our editors to discuss the work.  Includes a 1 year digital subscription and is a $220 value.  Backer reward level $100.
  • Hour Stories Session: got writer’s block?  Choose a private Hour Stories Session in person or by Skype where you will write approximately 1000 words.  This reward includes the mini-critique above plus a 1 year print and digital subscription.  A $270 value.  Backer reward level $130.
  • The Writer’s Package: an Hour Stories Session, a Critique of up to 5000 words of your short story or work-in-progress, print and digital subcriptions, plus a 1/4 page ad for your book or company OR a portrait of you drawn and inked by the talented Mel Anastasiou.  All this is a $500 value.  Backer reward level $250.
  • Novel Critique: one of our editors will read and critique your novel of up to 100,000 words and follow up with a Skype or phone session to discuss elements such as plot, pacing, character, structure, theme and dialogue.  Includes print and digital subscriptions.  A $1260 value.  Backer reward level $500.alexandra
  • Writing Retreat:  if you’d rather work on your edits in the peace and luxury of the Lodge at the Old Dorm on Bowen Island, join us from January 9th to 11th.  The retreat includes at least three Hour Stories Sessions, as well as critique and workshopping plus sumptuous rooms, gourmet food and good company.  This all-inclusive package, including transportation to and from Vancouver is worth approximately $1500.  Backer reward level $850.

Don’t be embarrassed when you send your novel to your agent or post it on Amazon; have us give it a once over so you can hold your head high!

Susan Pieters
Susan Pieters

Susan Pieters is a co-founder and developmental editor at Pulp Literature Press.  With a Masters in English and years of teaching, writing and editing under her belt, her keen eye polishes the stories in Pulp Lit till they sparkle.