Discover more from Pulp Empire
Some thoughts on the future of my writing
Plus a sale!
Today, I’m happy to announce I’m part of a huge 99-cent sale with numerous superhero fiction writers. Timed with the relaunch of the Superhero-Fiction.com website, it features more than fifty books! Among those titles, you can find all three of my Lightweight novels as well as work by the likes of Ian Thomas Healy, Michael Bailey, T.L. Heinrich, and more.
Be sure to check out all the titles at Superhero-Fiction.com, but if you just want to pick up my three books, you can click the Amazon links below.
While the site-wide sale only goes until the end of the day on Monday, my books will remain at 99 cents for an additional day, so you have two days to check out the adventures of Lightweight if you haven’t already.
Let’s get real.
I want to be honest with all my readers. When I took my hiatus from the old edition of this newsletter, I contemplated stepping away from writing altogether. A little over a decade ago, I swore I would give myself until my forty-fifth birthday to endeavor to make a career out of writing. Back then, ten years seemed like enough time to get an idea of where I might go.
Birthday number forty-five came and went over the summer while I was in the midst of the hiatus. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to give up on all the ideas I still have and all the work I still haven’t published. I contemplated one last attempt to see if I could gain any traction as a writer.
I spent the last two months prepping the Kickstarter for Witchblood. I made the decision to do a full relaunch of the Super Powered newsletter as Pulp Empire. I put a marketing plan together including everything I could do to help get the word out on both. I decided this launch would be the make or break of my writing career. With everything prepped and ready, I would see if my fans and fans of sword and sorcery would show out to make Witchblood a reality. With the fundraising plan I put in place, I hoped I could see numbers similar to earlier Kickstarters.
At this point, that simply hasn’t happened. As I write this, the Kickstarter has stalled out at just over 50% and sat there since last week. It feels very much like a sign from the heavens that it’s time to stop.
I’ve written for years surrounded by members of my own family since I was young with little or no faith in me. I was told again and again that my dream of selling books was foolhardy. I’ve pushed ahead in spite of a lack of support from pretty much anyone except for the fans that have discovered my writing over the years. The kind of fans that signed up for this newsletter for whatever reason.
This is the realest call to action I’ve ever made. If you truly want me to keep writing, I desperately need to see my fans show out for Witchblood. If even a quarter of the subscribers to this newsletter backed the project, we would blow past that funding goal and beyond.
So I put the fate of this dream into your hands, dear readers. It’s all up to you.
One way or another, I’ll be back here in seven days with my next newsletter. See you then.