The Story is the Thing: A. H. Bittner

Archie Bittner (1897-1966) worked as editor under Doubleday’s Harry E. Maule on Short Stories and Frontier before going on to edit Munsey’s Argosy in the early 1930s. Then, he put his theories int practice as a writer, writing under the pseudonym Wayne Rogers for the weird menace pulps. He also ghosted several stories for the… Continue reading The Story is the Thing: A. H. Bittner

Clayton pulps closing down sale – 1933

An earlier version of this article appeared in the Author and Journalist, August 1933. The finis of the Clayton Publishing Company was written on July 13, 1933, when its more important magazines and titles were disposed of by the bank¬≠ruptcy court at a public sale, various attempts at re¬≠organization of the company having failed. At… Continue reading Clayton pulps closing down sale – 1933

Love your style, pulp edition

Ranch Romances, launched in 1924, was the first and most successful western/romance title. Someone once said it was western enough to appeal to cowboy fiction lovers, and romantic enough to appeal to women. The formula lasted nearly five decades; RR was the last of the pulps to die when it ceased publication in 1971. Success… Continue reading Love your style, pulp edition

Publishing Secrets: What happens to your manuscript?

Who sees your manuscript and how do they decide if its suitable for publication? In 1932, Author and Journalist conducted a survey of editors at Street & Smith, Munsey, Doubleday, Black Mask, Ranch Romances and even the often overlooked Dell and Fawcett groups to find out. The thing to do, then, was to write to… Continue reading Publishing Secrets: What happens to your manuscript?