Monthly Archives: October 2014
Check out quarterreads.com:
This new website debuted on October 14, 2014. They all calling themselves a hybrid between traditional publishing and self publishing. I had three short stories accepted for publication on Quarter Reads: Jail Babies, The Melonheads, and Torture.
I thought The Melonheads would be a good fit since it is a Halloween story. (My stories are listed under General/Literary Fiction. You can also search by title or by author).
You submit your stories, between 500-2,000 words. (fiction, nonfiction, poetry are all accepted).
Readers can browse and read the beginning of your story. If they like what they see, they pay 25 cents to read the rest of the story. If they really like it a lot, they can tip you 25, 50, or 75 cents.
OK, you won’t get rich off of this site. You might make a few bucks a month, plus you get exposure for your work. You can include a brief bio and links to your blog/website and twitter feed.
All work is copyrighted by the authors. You can publish stories here that you have previously published on your blog. (You can also publish stories that you have published elsewhere, but in that case, you need to check on whatever agreements you have made with the previous publisher).
You sign on and pay$10 for 40 reads or $20 for 80 reads. (They use PayPal). You can browse for free and pay 25 cents if you want to read the whole story. You have the option of tipping an additional 25, 50, or 75 cents. 88 % of the original 25 cents goes to the author. 100 % of the tips go to the author. It’s a way to show writers that you appreciate their work.
Right now they are running a contest for new subscribers where you can submit your favorite word in the English language and get $5 worth of free reads. Hopefully they will have contests like that from time to time.
So can ya spare a quartah to help a stawving writah?
Or as Ruthie da Duck Lady useta say, “Ya got a quartah, for latah?
Photo Credit: “Money.” Pixabay Free Images. CC NonCommercial ShareAlike.
Postcard Shorts just published my flash fiction piece, “Ice Cold.”
© Copyright 2014 by Sara Jacobelli
Whenever my old man brought home something new, like a stereo or a TV, he’d say “Don’t touch it kids, it’s hot.” We’d touch it. “It’s not hot, Poppy.”
Mom seemed nervous about the new car, which was strange since she was always happy to get a TV, stereo, toaster or blender. The origins of these treats were a mystery. Fell off the back-of-a-truck, Mom would mumble. I was only nine, but I knew damn well a Cadillac convertible didn’t fall off a stinking truck.
The best surprise, before the Cadillac, was the time we got new bikes. A gloating tribe of Richie the Rich Kids on our sparkling new rides, until some creep broke into the garage and stole them. “That’s ironic,” Mom said.
When Poppy took us for top-down highway rides, I was scared I’d blow away in the speeding wind, so I held onto the seat real tight. He gunned her up to 90-100-110 and we’d all scream. Mom’s kerchief would blow off her head, she’d yell, “Tony, my God damned hair!”
One night everyone was asleep and Poppy got a phone call. I listened against the door. “I’ll be there,” was all I heard him say. I walked gingerly into the kitchen on bare feet and spied him slipping a gun into a leather holster under his jacket. “Poppy, where you goin?”
“Listen kid. Sometimes a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do.”
“But I’m scared you won’t come back.” I leaned against him, smelled the cologne and cigarettes and whiskey and beer and poker rooms and pool halls. “Is that gun, is it hot?”
“It’s cold. Cold as can be.”
Author”s Note: Back in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s, guns that were thought to be untraceable were called “cold.” That’s why in The Godfather Peter Clemenza said, “Leave the gun. Take the canoli.” Nowadays, with extraordinary advances in forensic science, it’s doubtful if any gun can really be considered untraceable.
The Godfather Quotes IMDB: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0068646/quotes
Film School Rejects/The Godfather: http://filmschoolrejects.com/news/leave-the-gun-take-the-cannoli-and-other-godfather-stories.php
Photo Credit: “Cadillac.” Pixabay free images. NonCommerical ShareAlike.