An exciting new publishing platform, created by web designer and author Ian Rose, has come onto the publishing scene. Aptly named "QuarterReads," the reader pays only 25 cents for each story purchased, with a minimum subscription of $5 for 20 reads to start. With a word limit of 2,000, it is a site of short stories where authors can have their hard to market flash fiction published and readers can find sought after shorter fiction for when they simply want a quick, satisfying read. The site was created with the idea that it would be a middle ground between "tightly curated magazines and free-for-all self-publishing."
There are so many things I love about this site that it's hard to know where to begin. There is a quality control in place, where every story is read by a staff member. A story can be rejected for grammatical errors or fragmentary content. That's a great feature with all the unedited self-publishing one finds on other platforms. With a nice balance between known authors and new authors, I've enjoyed every story I've read so far.
Another great feature is that authors get 88% of every story sold. Additionally, if a reader wants to tip an author, then the author gets 100% of the tip. Authors don't have to worry about book covers either. They can simply write and submit their stories. Readers can preview the first 10% of each story and decide if they want to purchase and continue from there. That means it's very important to be able to hook a reader right at the beginning, just as it is with any story.
As a reader, you can favorite an author and receive email updates when he/she gets another story published. There is not a review system, but readers can rate a story on a rating system of 1 to 4, with 4 meaning you loved the story and 1 meaning the story just wasn't for you. The ratings are not public, but they help the algorithms in recommending the story to others. That's another really great feature with the site; each reader has a recommended reads section in their profile.
I'm excited to say that QuarterReads has a Science Fiction Romance section. For the first couple months (the site opened in Oct 2014), most of the stories in that section were written by me. A few more authors have joined in and I'm hoping more SFR authors will help this section grow.
Head on over and check it out!
Kyndra Hatch grew up with a fascination for science fiction and a deep interest in ancient civilizations, a combination which fuels her active imagination. After twelve exciting years as an archaeologist, Kyndra has decided to take a break from her career to have more time with her husband of thirteen years. She pursues a passion for writing and has discovered her works have a decidedly science fiction romantic flair. She is an active member of the SFR Brigade and her debut story, "The Stranger," won the 2014 SFR Galaxy Award for Outstanding Debut Story.
SFR stories available on QuarterReads by Kyndra Hatch: https://quarterreads.com/writer.php?id=13
QuarterReads homepage: https://quarterreads.com/
SFR stories on QuarterReads: https://quarterreads.com/genre.php?id=25
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