With the release of my latest book, Backpacking Vegas, the story of my hostel experience in Las Vegas, a lot of readers are asking, “What exactly is the Pulp Travel Series?”
The easiest way to explain it is if one is old enough to remember zines back in the 1990’s. They were self published, usually photocopied, personal magazines distributed for fun and without any expectation of profit. The readers who sought them out, usually from reviews in the back of Maximum Rock and Roll or Factsheet 5, knew what to expect. They weren’t perfect. They were raw, emotional and if you were lucky gave you a very intimate insight into another persons life.
That was when I used to have fun writing, and that is what I’m trying to capture in the Pulp Travel Series.
Like pulp magazines, dime novels and penny dreadfuls that were popular early in the 20th century the Pulp Travel Series is not trying to ascend to literary heights. It is simply the story of my personal experiences while traveling throughout the United States. Travel narrative at it’s most basic without the need to to inform people of the history of each and every location that is passed through.
One of my personal pet peeves about travel literature, the Appalachian Trail hiking books in particular, is that the excessive amounts of history bore the reader and destroy the momentum of the story. What’s worse is that people have come to expect a certain amount of cookie cutter design when it comes to these books and much of the information is repeated ad nauseum across several books on the same subject. And for a lot of readers that is safe, it makes them feel special in that they can say, “I already knew that, gee I’m so smart.”
These are not the readers who will enjoy the Pulp Travel Series and that of course eliminates a lot of potential sales by pointing this out prior to purchase. Except, as mentioned above, there is no expectation of profit. Anyone who thinks that I’m funding my travels through the publication of these books is seriously misguided or misinformed. Profit is something I expect only when I put serious effort into a book and the Pulp Travel Series is something that is supposed to be fun while keeping me in the practice of writing.
By attempting to explain this up front I hope that I am improving the reader experience. I do not want someone to waste their money, or more importantly, their time reading something which they might not enjoy. While Amazon offers free samples of the first 10% of a book it seems that some people do not utilize this option often enough when deciding whether to purchase a book by an unknown author.
So if a very personal account of someones adventures while traveling might be your thing feel free to grab the free sample and check out the Pulp Travel Series.