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Status Report

The seventh issue of The Digest Enthusiast will be out in December. There’s a little work on the cover remaining, when that’s done I’ll order a print proof and hopefully release it soon after. Beginning with this issue, the Kindle version will be a fixed-page layout. Here’s TDE7’s contributor list:

Lesann Berry
Tom Brinkmann
Steve Carper
Peter Enfantino
Richard Krauss
Marc Myers
Michael Neno
Vince Nowell, Sr.
Rick Ollerman
Josh Pachter
Robert Snashall
Bob Vojtko
Joe Wehrle, Jr.

The second issue of the new Pulp Modern is also underway. Editor Alec Cizak is busy finalizing the stories, while I’m working on the photo-conversions, nearing the half-way point. Once those are done, I’ll get started on the layout. Aiming for a December release on this one too.

Pulp Literature is adding “breaking news” emails to their marketing mix. The email will feature updates on Pulp Literature and special offers. Or you can sign-up to receive only their monthly PL eNewsletter. Where? Here.

Pulp Literature #16 Autumn 2017

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From the Pulp Lit Pulpit: Autumn Storytelling
“The River” by K.C. Dyer
Feature Interview: K.C. Dyer
The Magpie Award for Poetry: Oak Morse, Leah Komar, Glenn Pape
“Stella Ryman and the Ghost at the End of the Bed” by Mel Anastasiou
“Clearing Out Nests” by Brandon Crilly
“Love” by Greg Brown
“The Olde Town Haunt” by Patrick Bollivar
“Think Tank” by Susan Pieters
“The Wind of a Train” by Erin Kirsh
“For Your Convenience” by F.J. Bergmann
“The Vanishing Dot” by Rina Piccolo (comic)
“Allaigna’s Song: Aria” by J.M. Landels
Contests
Marketplace

Publisher: Pulp Literature Press
Managing Editor: Jennifer Landels
Acquisitions Editor: Melanie Anastasiou
Assistant Editors: Janet Eastwood, Wendy Christensen
Poetry Editor: Daniel Cowper
Copy Editor: Amanda Bidnall
Proofreader: Mary Rykov
Graphic Designer: Kris Sayer
Consulting Editor: Susan Pieters
Cover: Akem
Interior artwork: Melanie Anastasiou, Jennifer Landels
5.25” x 8” 198 pages
$14.99 POD
$4.99 ebook
Pulp Literature website

POD or EPUB?

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The digital digest editors/publishers we spoke to prefer printed copies, but a healthy portion of their readers prefer to read on-screen. Jennifer Landels reports Pulp Literature leverages every sales channel. “Along with print, we make html, PDF, EPUB and mobi versions, all of which are available when you buy the digital issue,” says Landels. “It took us a while to find the right eBook formatter, so the EPUB and mobi versions of issues 1–3 are not quite what we wanted. However, by issue 4 we found Booknook.biz and they are absolutely fabulous: fast, accurate, and great people to work with. They use the InDesign files supplied by our designer and the ebooks look as close to the print version as possible given the format. However, I still feel that to appreciate the graphics, e-subscribers would do well to check out the html or PDF versions as well as downloading the ebooks for their readers.”

Pulp Literature #15 is available now.

The above excerpt, from “Digital Digest Magazines” interviews with the editors, appears in TDE4.

Pulp Literature #15 Summer 2017

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Table of Contents
From the Pulp Lit Pulpit: Sensual Summer Reading
“Gret” by Brenda Carre
Feature Interview: Brenda Carre
“The Seven Swans: The Highwayman’s Deception” by Mel Anastasiou
“A Wassail in Ink” by Nicholas Christian
“Pack Up your Troubles” by A.M. Soto
“A Knight at the Royal Arms” by Charity Tahmaseb
“The Hair in the Bag” by Jenny Blackford
“Cannery Row” by Susan Pieters
“The Pool Guy” by Adam Golub
“Inglewood Courts, Edmonton” by Benjamin Hertwig
The Bumblebee Flash Fiction Contest: Ingrid Jendrzejewski, Jay Allisan
The SiWC Storyteller’s Award: Angela Post
“Gruff” by Kris Sayer (comic)
“Allaigna’s Song: Aria” by J.M. Landels
The Artists: S. Ross Browne (cover), Kris Sayer (comic), Mel Anastasiou and J.M. Landels (interior)
Hall of Fame Kickstarter campaign backers
Marketplace
Contests

Publisher: Pulp Literature Press
Managing Editor: Jennifer Landels
Acquisitions Editor: Melanie Anastasiou
Assistant Editors: Katherine Howard, Janet Eastwood, Wendy Christensen
Poetry Editor: Daniel Cowper
Copy Editor: Amanda Bidnall
Proofreader: Mary Rykov
Graphic Designer: Kris Sayer
Advertising Co-ordinator: Rachel Kuo
Consulting Editor: Susan Pieters
5.25” x 8” 220 pages
$14.99 print
$3.99 ebook

Pulp Literature website

Help Wanted

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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?

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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.

 

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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
Weirdbook
(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.

Pulp Literature #14 Spring 2017

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Table of Contents
From the Pulp Lit Pulpit: Stretching Our Wings
“The Ankle Bracelet” by C.C. Humphreys
Feature Interview: C.C. Humphreys
“Stella Ryman and the Case of the Fallen Crusader” by Mel Anastasiou
“Birdhouse” by David Clink (verse)
“Bear” by Greg Brown
“Jonathan S Primrose Gets Eaten by a Bear” by William Charles Brock
“Candy-Apple Baby” by Colin Thornton
“Detroit V, VII” by Ian Haight (verse)
“Robin Hood” by Susan Pieters
The Raven Short Story Contest
“The Handler” by Pat Flewwelling
The SiWC Storyteller’s Award
“Forget Me Not” by Claire Gregory
“Blue Skies Over Nine Isles” by Joseph Stilwell & Hugh Henderson (comic)
“Allaigna’s Song: Aria” story and art by J.M. Landels
The Artists: Hugh Henderson (cover, comic); Mel Anastasiou (interior)
Marketplace
Contests

Publisher: Pulp Literature Press
Managing Editor: Jennifer Landels
Acquisitions Editor: Melanie Anastasiou
Assistant Editors: Katherine Howard, Janet Eastwood, Wendy Christensen
Poetry Editor: Daniel Cowper
Copy Editor: Amanda Bidnall
Proofreader: Mary Rykov
Graphic Designer: Claire Milne
Advertising Co-ordinator: Rachel Kuo
Consulting Editor: Susan Pieters
5-1/4” x 8” 236 pages
$14.99 print
$4.99 ebook

Pulp Literature website

The origins of Pulp Literature magazine

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Why start a magazine? I asked Jennifer Landels, one of the founders of Pulp Literature, what she and her co-editors set out to accomplish:

“We felt there was a gap in the market for well-written multi-genre stories. Literary magazines tend to ignore genre fiction, and other fiction platforms tend to be narrowly genre-specific. We wanted to create a smorgasbord where all genres are welcome, and the only criteria are good writing and good storytelling.”

Pulp Literature #14 is coming soon.

The above excerpt, from “Digital Digest Magazines” interviews with the editors, appears in TDE4.

Pulp Literature #13 Winter 2017

As Pulp Lit begins it’s fourth year, the issue’s cover by Zoran Pekovic sports a matt finish and the magazine is now accepting advertisements. The page size shrinks to 5-1/4” x 8”, knocking a quarter-inch off last issue’s width and height. Full contents include:

From the Pulp Lit Pulpit  by Jen, Mel & Katherine (Katherine Howard replaces Susan Pieters, who is taking a year off to concentrate on her own fiction. Rachel Kuo joins PL as marketing/advertising coordinator and Anat Rabkin as bookkeeper.)
In This Issue (Fiction/author teasers)
“The Devil You Don’t” by Matthew Hughes (reprinted from Asimov’s March 2005), art by Mel Anastasiou
“Fishface and the Leg” by Matt Hughes (reprinted from The Western Producer 1982), art by Mel Anastasiou
Feature Interview: Matthew Hughes
“The Seven Swans: The Case of the Cavalier’s Rapier” story and art by Mel Anastasiou
Poetry by Susan Taylor, Daniel Aristi, Jude Neale and Elizabeth Amerding
“The Green Thread and the Blue” by Carolyn Oliver, art by Mel Anastasiou
“Piano Music” by Susan Pieters, art by Mel Anastasiou
“Mermail” by Eric Del Carlo, art by Mel Anastasiou
“How to Lose a Week” by F.J. Bergmann, art by Mel Anastasiou
The 2016 Hummingbird Prize for Flash Fiction, awards and presents the winners, with comments from Bob Thurber and art by  Mel Anastasiou:
Winner: “Xuefi and His Heart” by Rebecca Wurtz (included)
Runner-up: “Painted Nails” by Jenna Park (included)
Honourable Mention: “Scathed” by Holly Woodward
Editor’s Pick: “Better Watch Out” by Anna Belkine (included)
“It Rained Then Too” comic with story and art by Anat Rabkin
“Allaigna’s Song: Aria” story and art by J.M. Landels
The Artists (short bios)
Marketplace (ad section)
Contests

Publisher: Pulp Literature Press
Managing Editor: Jennifer Landels
Acquisitions Editor: Melanie Anastasiou
Assistant Editor: Katherine Howard
Poetry Editor: Daniel Cowper
Copy Editor: Amanda Bidnall
Proofreader: Mary Rykov
Graphic Designer: Claire Milne
Mathmagician: Anat Rabkin
Advertising Co-ordinator: Rachel Kuo
Consulting Editor: Susan Pieters
5-1/4” x 8” 222 pages
$14.99 print
$4.99 ebook

Pulp Literature website

Pulp Literature #12 Autumn 2016

Pulp Literature #12 contents:

From the Pulp Lit Pulpit: What is Truth? by Sue, Mel & Jen
“If You’d Like to Make a Call, Please Hang Up” by Bob Thurber
Feature Interview: Bob Thurber
“Stella Ryman and the Man with the Gun” by Mel Anastasiou
“The Night Stylist” by Peter Norman
“Analyze and Discuss” by Stephen Koster
“Masquerade” by J.M. Landels
“Family AGM” by Susan Pieters
“The Gamogue” by Rhea Rose
“The Last of a Thing” by Douglas Smith
“Nightshade and Datura” by Alexis A Hunter
The 2016 Magpie Award for Poetry
“Curse of the Woods” comic by Bevan Thomas & Eric Johnson
“Paperboy” novel excerpt by Bob Thurber

Publisher: Pulp Literature Press
Editors-in-Chief: Melanie Anastasiou, Jennifer Landels & Susan Pieters
Poetry Editor: Daniel Cowper
Assistant Editor: Katherine Howard
Graphic Designer: Claire Milne
Copy Editor: Amanda Bidnall
Proofreader: Mary Rykov
Cover: Melissa Mary Duncan
Illustrations: Eric Johnson, Melanie Anastasiou
5.5” x 8.5” 256 pages
$14.99 print
$4.99 ebook

Pulp Literature website

Links to Today’s Digests

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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.)

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