If you're a writer of flash fiction or short stories, there's an interesting new opportunity for you to put your work out there, gain some readership, and possibly sell your story to be featured in a print/ebook anthology.
ULTRA is 1889 Labs' newest web fiction initiative. The essential nuts and bolts are as follows: you submit your 500- to 2,000-word story, it goes into "The Inbox", and if it gets enough Likes on Facebook it spends some time featured on the ULTRA front page. When enough stories have been gathered, the best ones will be featured in an anthology, and the authors will be paid a professional rate.
One of my stories from a few months ago, Spiritual Taxidermy, is among the first batch of stories. There are a bunch of other stories to read, so check it out and submit your own!
If you aren't familiar with 1889 Labs, this is a group at the cutting edge of online fiction. They publish my interactive series Losing Freight and lots of other novels and web serials. Pay attention to 1889; special things are happening there.
Happy Friday! Here's episode 7 of my podcast.
0:01 - 9:37 Introduction and announcements. DISCOVERY, the first quarterly Year of Stories print collection, is nearly ready. Grocery Fund update. Flare Fiction: Volume 2 now available. Pirate Week is next week!
9:38 - 12:14 Year of Stories: discussion of Escape Velocity.
12:15 - 13:37 Personal Update: we've found a place to move, with a real office for me!
13:38 - 16:28 My Reading: Thoughts on The Hobbit and how Tolkien inspires me.
16:29 - 24:19 My self-publishing process. The tools I use and the steps involved.
24:20 - 25:33 Sign-off.
These stories are experiments, in a lot of ways. Can Imaginary Enemy get you to care about the plight of an imaginative young boy in less than a page and a half? Can A Brain Well-Watered encapsulate the creative process in only 315 words, and inspire you to go searching after your own fresh inspiration? Can A Long Story make you laugh the first time you read it, and sigh with pity the second? These are the kinds of challenges I set for myself as an author. You, as readers, are my audience, my targets, my judges, and often my inspirations.
As with my previous chapbooks, you can set your own price by adjusting the "quantity" of dollars and cents while you're ordering.
Flare Fiction 2 is also available to grab from Amazon for 99¢.
If you read and enjoy the collection, please head over to Amazon and leave a review! Reviews really help other people find my work, so your thoughts and comments are very much appreciated.
Happy Friday! Here's episode 6 of my podcast.
0:01 - 3:05 Introduction and announcements. Flare Fiction: Volume 2 announced, to be released on Wednesday, February 15.
3:06 - 6:58 Year of Stories: discussion of Darla, Dragon Hunter.
6:59 - 13:08 My new day job, and how it will affect my writing.
23:46 - 25:00 Sign-off. Don't forget the Pirate Week contest!
Note: "Theme music" by The Uptones.
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On January 2, 2012, it will become free to download, though donations will still be appreciated.