Sunday, September 4, 2011

The Western Online Turns TWO!

In honor of the two year anniversary of the site, a plethora of changes have arrived at The Western Online.

Instead of being a "for the love" market, The Western Online is now a token market. We will offer a token payment of $5.00 per short story regardless of the length and $3.00 for each piece of artwork or article.

In addition to short stories, we will also publish novella length work that we will serialize and post on a monthly basis. Our first novella is THE CALL CHRONICLES by Kathi Sprayberry. The first story "Homecoming" has been published. It will be a seven part series.

As a way for the site to generate revenue so that we can pay our contributors, we are launching an online store through where we will earn a percentage of the sales called The Western Online Mercantile. You can buy t-shirts, coffee mugs, bumper stickers, calenders and all sorts of cool stuff. We will always be adding new items to the store, so check back often.

As part of our celebration, we have tons of new content. We have added a Western Book Review section to the site, where we will review anything from classic Western novels to new releases.

We have published two new historical articles, one about Bass Reeves and the other about Jesse James, a new episode of "Jud Nelson - Texas Ranger," our Western comic strip, an exclusive interview with writer Kenneth Mark Hoover, some spectacular Western artwork by Ken Consaul, and two new short stories: "A Man Willing to Kill" by J.R. Lindermuth and "The Gringo" by Steve Smith.

I have written a new edition of our editorial article, The Roundup: Bold New Changes at The Western Online. It details all of the changes and our plans for the future.

Be sure to leave us a comment on the blog or somewhere on the site. We'd love to hear from you.


  1. I love all these changes for the website and am very excited about what the future holds in store for Western Online! :)

  2. Thanks, Mark. I'm excited about our future too!

  3. Great two years--hope you have a bunch more.

  4. Lots of luck with the changes and the magazine.