So, what is a Dime Novel? Here's a bare-bones definition:
Dime Novels first emerged in American Literature in 1860, and surprise! The first Dime Novel was penned by a woman! Publishers Erastus and Irwin Beadle published Ann S. Stephens "Maleaska: Indian Wife of the White Hunter" as the first of Beadle's Dime Novels, and thus a genre was born.
Dime Novels were popular from 1860 up through about 1920, and thousands of stories were published. From the very first, the parameters of the genre were set:
- An action-packed and sensational story line
- A melodramatic double title
- A reasonable price
I was surprised to learn that The University of Minnesota is home to one of the world's largest collections of Dime Novels, The Hess Collection. The Hess contains more than 65,000 Dime Novels! You can read more about the collection Here: https://www.lib.umn.edu/clrc/dime-novels-1860-1915
As to my own foray into writing Dime Novels, I hope I've covered the basics of the genre:
Get to Know Ben Wilder's Legendary Sheriff Father and Why Ben Has Big Shoes to Fill
The notorious Dickenson Gang had wrecked havoc on Texas in the 1870s, and no lawman had been able to best them until Obadiah Wilder stood his ground on a hot July day in 1874. Here, told in Sheriff Wilder’s own words, is the story of his ultimate defeat of these rugged outlaws, and the true tale of what led to Obadiah becoming a legend in Cactus Creek, Texas, history.
2. A melodramatic double title: We had the most fun kicking around ideas for this one that would give the story the flavor of a true Dime Novel of the era. Words like Legend and Glorious just seemed perfect.
3. An affordable price...well, you can't get any more affordable than free, can ya?
You can download a copy of The Legend of Obadiah Wilder using this link:
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Anything he can do, I can do better. At least that was what Cassie Bucknell thought before she pinned on Ben Wilder’s badge and took to patrolling the streets of Cactus Creek, Texas. Cassie has been in love with Ben since primer school, but Ben treats her like a little sister. When they are picked to swap jobs for a month as part of the annual Cactus Creek Challenge in their Texas hometown, the schoolhouse is thrown into an uproar, the jail becomes a temporary bank vault, and Cassie and Ben square off in a battle of wills that becomes a battle for their hearts.
You can pre-order a copy of The Cactus Creek Challenge HERE: http://www.amazon.com/Cactus-Creek-Challenge-Erica-Vetsch-ebook/dp/B00THZX61E/ref=sr_1_1?s=digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid=1426011500&sr=1-1&keywords=The+Cactus+Creek+Challenge
I'll be putting together a 'street team' for Cactus Creek in the upcoming weeks, so stay tuned here for how you might join!
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