Thursday, May 17, 2018

Announcing PulpRev Riot

CHANGES


Next month will be the one-year anniversary of the launch of pulprev.com. As our subscription was running out and our initial service providers turned out to not be that great, we've migrated the site to the Apollonian archons of nearlyfreespeech.net. This will mean greater freedom and flexibility when we do things with the site, and it also means we can fund the site relatively cheaply. This migration seems to have gone off completely without a hitch, but let us know if you find something.

FUNDING


When I registered pulprev.com last year I had just come back from a big demolition job in Kansas City and was feeling generous; the initial registration fee came out of my pocket. Since then we set up and published the PulpRev Sampler Anthology, which we initially planned to be totally free on Amazon but then we found out they wouldn't let us so we sold it for a buck. We had way more sales than we expected, giving us a war chest of about fifty USD. This is enough to fund the site as it is for a few more years, unless we implement something that uses a lot of bandwidth.

WE IMPLEMENTED SOMETHING THAT USES A LOT OF BANDWIDTH




But we don't want to leave the site as it is. Plus Ultra. I found an imageboard that was easy to set up and I set it up. riot.pulprev.com. Imageboards are a discussion board format that facilitate anonymity. You don't have to sign up, you just go there and start posting. Post your stories there (we boosted the character limit for individual posts to 18,000, so it won't be hard) and look for feedback, or provide appropriately harsh feedback yourself without losing friends. Or post your own story then make fun of it. No one will know. Or start a thread for best one-paragraph character descriptions. Or start a thread about how PulpRev is a silly movement and we're all just jealous of the noble, virile torlock clan. Just don't break the law.

GOING FORWARD

Making a pulp library and an author section are still on the list. They'll be much easier to put together now. We'll also be able to set up an automated mailing list and make that end much smoother for everyone involved. Within a month or two we should have the Swords of St. Valentine anthology smoothed out and available for purchase; our editorial team is aiming for high quality on this, so look forward to it. And there will be more projects in the future, more opportunities to win honor and glory; with the reputation boost from Swords, we ought to be able to kickstart a paying anthology, or even a regular magazine.

HOW CAN I CONTRIBUTE?

We've been criticized in the past for being exclusive, and while that was met with scoffs and jeers in the dark corners of our speakeasies and under the blast doors of our secret waterfall hideout I can sort of see where that was coming from. The submission period for our first anthology lasted a week and came from, if I recall correctly, a dare. The second anthology required use of an obscure blockchain-based blogging platform. We may require the next one to be transmitted in Morse. ๐„๐‘‰ ๐‘‰๐ฎ๐ป๐ฎ๐‘Œ ๐ฎ๐‘Œ ๐”๐ฏ๐‘†๐ณ๐‘‰๐ฏ๐ป. And above all we get along so well you might feel like an outsider looking in.

Discord is a good way to get ahold of us, especially the tribe that controls this website, as is the #PulpRev hashtag on Twitter. Now that we've got Riot set up, you can post questions or comments over there without risking libel suits. Several of us may be amenable to house visits, if you can find our addresses (just don't knock like a cop). There are also tribes active, we are told, on Gab and Google Plus, though they have adopted local customs and their language is now strange.

Don't be a stranger, come on in and tell us what you like. The initial fire may have burned low but we're in this long-term, and we haven't had a fraction of the conversations we're going to.

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