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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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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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Pulp Literature #11 Summer 2016

Pulp Literature #11 Summer 2016

Pulp Literature #11 Summer 2016

The print copy of Pulp Lit arrived in this week’s mail. Here’s the lineup inside:

“From the Pulp Lit Pulpit” intro by Sue, Mel & Jen
“How to Write a Successful Obituary for a Superhero” by Matthew Hooton
Feature Interview: Matthew Hooton
“The Seven Swans: The Sword & Pikestaff Mystery” by Mel Anastasiou
“Chipping” by Jono Naito
“Finding Relatives” by Susan Pieters
“As If My Every Word Had Turned to Glass” By Robert Jeschonek
“Babies For Sale” by Amy Fant
Poems by P.A. Levy and Megan Waring
“The Third Man” by Michael G. Ryan
The Bumblebee Microfiction Contest
“Yellow Scarves” comic story by Jonathan Dalton
“Allaigna’s Song: Overture” by J.M. Landels

Publisher: Pulp Literature Press
Editors-in-Chief: Melanie Anastasiou, Jennifer Landels & Susan Pieters
Poetry Editor: Daniel Cowper
Graphic Designer: Claire Milne
Copy Editor: Amanda Bidnall
Proofreader: Mary Rykov
Cover: Kris Sayer
5.5” x 8.5” 222 pages
$14.99 print
$4.99 ebook

Pulp Literature website

Pulp Literature #10 Spring 2016

Pulp Literature #10 Spring 2016

Pulp Literature #10 Spring 2016

From the Pulp Lit Pulpit
“Uncanonical Murder” by Carol Berg
Interview with Carol Berg
“Stella Ryman and the Thief Called Edge” by Mel Anastasiou
“Vellum” by Andrea Lewis
“Five Finger Blade” by Susan Pieters
“The Monster Hunter” by Greg Chamberlain
Poetry by Matthew Walsh, Ev Bishop and Ada Maria Soto
“Soul Making” by Sarina Bosco
“Two Twenty-Two” by Stephen Case
The Raven Short Story Contest stories by Emily Linstrom and P.E. Bolivar
“Where Her Armour Was Weakest” comic by Kris Sayer
“Allaigna’s Song” Overture” a serialized novel by J.M. Landels

Editors-in-Chief: Melanie Anastasiou, Jennifer Landels and Susan Pieters
Poetry Editor: Daniel Cowper
Designer: Claire Milne
Copy Editor: Amanda Bidnall
Proofreader: Mary Rykov
First Reader: Nina Mosall
Cover: Britt-Lise Newstead
Artwork: Kris Sayer, J.M. Landels and Mel Anastasiou

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