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Betty Fedora: Print first, then digify

bettyfedora3I produce the print versions of The Digest Enthusiast and Pulp Modern first and create the ePub versions during the week the print proof is in production and transit. Kristen Valentine, editor/designer of Betty Fedora, follows a similar process.

“We publish our digital version for Kindle only so we really just have two versions (print and EPUB),” Kristen explained in an interview for TDE4 (June 2016). “The Kindle version is more time consuming for me than the print version is, since e-readers are notoriously finicky about formatting. I do the print layout first since there is additional production time for ordering and reviewing a printed proof. While that’s being created, I make sure the Kindle version is in good shape. Coordinating them both to be available at the same time is probably the biggest challenge.”

I checked in with Kristen while finalizing TDE6, and she said Betty Fedora #4 will be out in Fall 2017. In the meantime, don’t miss the first three issues.

Help Wanted


Betty Fedora #3

As the “News Digest” section comes together for The Digest Enthusiast book six I’m in touch with several indie editor/publishers. Kristen Valentine of Betty Fedora reminded me of issue #3’s first appearance of a story by Victoria Reidfeld, titled “Breadcrumbs.” It was nominated, and very recently won the Derringer award for “Best Long Story” (4001 to 8000 words).

Betty Fedora #3 was published on September 18, 2016. Yesterday, when I looked on Amazon it had zero customer reviews.

Most indie projects struggle for existence. Their creators need financial and emotional support to help motivate them to continue. Buying their books provides financial help. But frankly, the balance sheet on these efforts is usually red even after a hundred sales. So why continue?


Pulp Modern Vol. 2 No. 1

Each issue require hundreds of hours of effort to create. That’s not an inflated stat. I know from first hand experience. Indie publishers of series like Betty Fedora, Pulp Modern, and The Digest Enthusiast (and many others) strive to produce the best work possible. A Derringer award for a story is just one proof point of that quality.

Indie magazines and other indie projects need your help. Buy them. Read them. Rate them. Don’t sweat the review. A single sentence is enough. Write more if it feels right, otherwise a quick, honest summary is golden.

It matters. The number of reviews raises visibility on amazon, where it’s easy to be unnoticed among millions of books. And, just as important, your feedback is a voice from the dark. It helps publishers to know somebody out there cares about those hundreds of hours of work that are just beginning on their next edition.



The Digest Enthusiast #5

Now go rate some indie digest magazines that you’ve read. Your help is wanted.

Betty Fedora
Crime Syndicate Magazine
Pulp Literature
Pulp Modern
The Digest Enthusiast
(These are just a few of the titles available.)

On amazon.com, pick an issue, scroll down to the “Customer Reviews” section and click the “Write a customer review” button.

Thanks for reading and considering this request.

The origin of Betty Fedora

bettyfedora3Excerpt from “Digital Digest Magazines” from TDE4.

Kristen Valentine [editor/publisher/designer], began Betty Fedora, “Because the other crime fiction magazines out there, while very good, feature stories that are heavy in the noir tradition: men getting in fights, femme fatales, and that’s it. I wanted to explore stories featuring female characters as a starting point.”

To date there are three issues of Betty Fedora out, with issue four due in Fall 2017.

Links to Today’s Digests


If you’re looking for a quick click to explore any of today’s current (or unfortunately recently discontinued) digest magazine websites, remember the Links Page on larquepress.com. Just click on any cover to jump over to their site. (We update the covers often so it’s a good place to see what the current cover looks like as well.)


Betty Fedora Three

Betty Fedora issue three

Betty Fedora issue three

Delighted to see more “kickass women in crime fiction,” Kristen Valentine’s Betty Fedora issue three is out. Here’s the lineup:

“Breadcrumbs” by Victoria Weisfeld
“The Sign” by Preston Lang
“Her Colours” by Louisa Barnes
“The Game of Six Brothers” by Colleen Quinn
“Trouble in Avalon” by Lauren Buckingham
“Maisy & Jim” by Graeme Maughan
“Confessions from a Roller Derby Queen” by Lori Wolf
“The Life You Save Won’t Be Your Own” by Patricia Abbott

Editor, Publisher, Designer: Kristen Valentine
128 pages, 5” x 8”
Betty Fedora website
Available in $7.99 print and 99¢ kindle from the big river


Kristen Valentine’s Betty Fedora

Betty Fedora #2

Betty Fedora #2

Betty Fedora is a relatively new crime fiction digest edited and published by Kristen Valentine, who told TDE about her magazine’s origins: “…the other crime fiction magazines out there, while very good, feature stories that are heavy in the noir tradition: men getting in fights, femme fatales, and that’s it. I wanted to explore stories featuring female characters as a starting point.”

There are two editions out in print and digital, available here. We reviewed book two in TDE3. Here’s an excerpt about one of its gems:

“An Hawaiian attorney’s defense of a Hilo drug dealer threatens to sink her career in ‘Luxury to Die For’ by Albert Tucher. It’s a terrific balance of plot and story, with enough action to speed the read, enough depth to enliven the cast, and enough tropical cites to put us right there on the breach. The issue’s highlight. Tucher is the creator of the series character, Diana Andrews, a prostitute who appears in forty stories, with three novels forthcoming.”

At 5” x 8” Betty Fedora makes one beautiful package. Her classic 144-page figure pays tribute to the best of her forerunners. But she’s cast her own style—and sister, it’s one you won’t soon forget. Highly recommended.

Betty Fedora #2

Betty Fedora #2

Betty Fedora #2

Ready for some “kickass women in crime fiction?” Betty Fedora #2 edited by Kristen Valentine is out in print and digital from Amazon.

“Heads Will Roll” by Shane Simmons
“Last Chance Saloon” by Tess Makovesky
“Lucifer” by Colleen Quinn
“Mannish Water” by Thomas Pluck
“Luxury to Die For” by Albert Tucher
“A Diet Rich in Noir” by Lara Alonso Corona
“Burden of Proof” by John H. Dromey
“All Things Violent” by Nikki Dolson
“Sensible Sleaze” by Sarah M. Chen