Big Day

It’s not often that I come here, open up a draft page, and write something self-serving like this. It’s even less often that I actually get straight to the point, and with the exception of this totally unnecessary introduction here, that’s what I’m doing. Maybe, we’ll see. I haven’t thought it all through yet.

Today’s a big day. Besides it being the first of a new month (Happy September), and a wonderful month at that (I see you, fall!), it’s Pub Day.

For the past couple of weeks, or maybe months—who can keep track?—I have been working with the viciously talented Yve Chairez (whom I’ve worked with before on her two books) to create a literary magazine that urges creators and readers to dabble in alternate perspectives. To think differently. To be critical, and to analyze, and to try something new. We reached into our networks of brilliant creators and curated short stories, illustrations, and poetry that met our vision, carried it forward, and connected with each other in ways we never could have anticipated or created by hand.

Today is the day we release Issue 1 of Hellbent Magazine to the world!
If you’re so inclined, I’d love for you to take a look. We’re a micro-publication, so it won’t take you too long to get from cover to cover. But if you’re so inclined to spend a little time exploring it, we think you could find enough Easter eggs to last you as long as you like. It’s free and easy to access. Go to hellbentmag.com to learn more and download the first issue!

And if you like it and are also so inclined, join us on Twitter and Instagram. Our contributors worked hard too, so be sure to show them some love (find them here). Thank you, thank you, thank you.

And speaking of our contributors, one of them is someone I’ve known for a decade and who I’m more proud of today than I ever have been before. His name is Zach Ferrara, and he wrote a book. A good one. I should know, because he finally let me edit it, after I badgered him to let me look at it in intervals over the course of more than two years.Today is his Pub Day, and that’s pretty amazing.
His debut novella is called Hollywood and you can buy it on Amazon for just $2.99. That’s it! I would be so happy if you took a second to pop over and check it out. If it appeals to you, go ahead and buy it! It’s a short novella so it won’t take you long to read. And the more sales he makes, the more visible the book becomes for Amazon’s algorithms and the more thank-you gifts I can convince him to buy me because obviously I’m all the brains behind this entire operation.

(I’ll be explicit, in case it isn’t obvious or you’re a new visitor who doesn’t know my penchant for sarcasm yet: It’s not at all me. I just helped polish what was already a compelling, smart, emotional story.)

Thank you guys so much for allowing me to use this space for whatever I need it for at the time. Today, it happens to be a bit of self/friend-promotion. But I swear, I wouldn’t have brought either one up here if I didn’t think you’d enjoy them too.

So go ahead and happy clicking. I’d love to hear what you think, and so would the creators I’ve mentioned here. Internet hugs from strangers make the world go round, or something like that.

Happy Tuesday! Happy September! Happy Pub Day!

Comments

  1. So exciting!! heading over to check it out now!!!

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  2. Congratulations! I am definitely checking this out!!

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  3. on my way! congrats...so exciting for you :)

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  4. Congrats Congrats Congrats! I am so happy and I'm giving you a million internet hugs today! I am going to save my reading of Hellbent for home since I just saw the issue is best viewed in two-page full-screen and that's nearly impossible for me to accomplish at work. Self/Friend Promote to your heart's desire!

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  5. how exciting!!! congrats to you and Zach. Totally checking it out.
    Meanwhile when you said Pub Day I thought it meant like go to a pub and I was like I'm down for that.

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  6. Congrats to him and to you!!!!!!!!!

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  7. So very exciting! You amazing me. Can't wait to check them both out.
    Also I would be down for it to be Kristen's idea of pub day as well ;)

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  8. This is so excited!!!! Congrats!!!!!! Totally going to check it out and stalk properly :)

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  9. I read all of Hellbent!! Loved it and I love the concept. Congrats to you and to Zach for his book!!

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  10. Super excited for you! I'll definitely give hellbent some of my time. And, I'm with Kristen - "pub day" made me want a beer in a cozy pub.

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  11. This is so exciting and congratulations and happy pub day to you and your friend!!!

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  12. Congratulations - it looks great! I love the style of it!!!

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  13. I can't believe I haven't told you this yet, but this is sooo amazing! What a huge accomplishment (the magazine & zach's book!) I can't wait to check them both out more!

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