I have published two more stories on QuarterReads:
Miss Cournious and her Hotel on the Moon (nonfiction/memoir)
A Good Score (general literary fiction/mystery/crime)
Check out their website:
(Select “Home.” You can browse without having an account.)
You can search by author, title, or genre. The website is called QuarterReads because viewers can browse stories and read the beginnings for free, then must pay 25 cents to finish the story, if they choose to. Viewers can also tip the authors. An account must be created and payment is only accepted through PayPal. (Authors are also paid through PalPal.)
When they started out, a minimum of ten dollars was required, but they have since lowered that amount to five dollars. They also periodically feature “free” stories and promote featured writers by doing promotional give-aways of authors’ books. (I think most of these are self-published books.)
Stories must be between 500-2000 words. Authors receive 88 % of their payments, and 100 % of their tips. (If you really like a story, tip the author!)
It is a way for authors to make a small amount of money and to garner some attention for their work. Authors include a brief bio and links to their websites/twitter accounts.
I have eight stories published on QuarterReads and I’ve been getting some readers. It’s an interesting concept, however, in reviewing the most popular stories, it seems the categories that readers really want on this site are science fiction, horror, fantasy and speculative fiction. (OK, I didn’t know what speculative fiction was either so I Googled it. It’s a term (which many sources attribute to noted Sci-Fi author Robert A. Heinlein) used to describe science fiction that is based on real science and potentially could happen, like Stranger in a Strange Land, 1984, Brave New World, This Perfect Day, The Handmaid’s Tale and Fahrenheit 451. (Providing a glimpse into a world with different rules than ours)
So I don’t write the type of stories that are popular on QuarterReads. Out of today’s Top Ten Stories, four are science fiction, four are fantasy, one is speculative fiction, and one is general/literary fiction.
I still like using the site and will continue to play with it for awhile and may even publish more stories here.
If you write science fiction, horror, fantasy, or speculative fiction, then you should try it out. You may gain some readers. You may make a few bucks. (You won’t get rich!)
If you write general/literary fiction or nonfiction/memoir, you may get a few reads and possibly gain a few readers, but those genres don’t seem to be the big hits on this site.
Top Ten Speculative Fiction Novels of All Time:
What is Speculative Fiction?
Robert A. Heinlein
Author’s Note: For those of you not from New Orleans, the phrase, “Can you spare a quarter, for later?” was the continual refrain of an iconic and beloved French Quarter character, Ruthie the Duck Lady. She also used to ask, “Can you spare a cigarette, for later?” All of us bartenders would serve her free draft beers and keep an eye on her. (And yes, she often had real ducks with her, wore an old wedding dress, and traveled on roller skates. This is New Orleans, honey, not Cleveland.)
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