SAFARI FRIDAY searching the web for writers and readers THIN READS
This is a very new website – just five days old – and based in America so not relevant to everyone, but I wanted to include it in SAFARI FRIDAY because:
1) this could be the future
2) it may give new heart to short story writers.
THIN READS is devoted to e-singles defined as a work of fiction or nonfiction between 5,000 and 25,000 words long. The majority are priced between $0.99 and $2.99 and right now there is about 700 e-singles in the site’s database.
More than 150 publishers – including The New York Times, Penguin, Random House, HarperCollins and GQ Magazine – are publishing e-singles.
A few facts:
* more than half of the stories on the database were created to be read on an electronic platform rather than print
* the majority – 69% – of the stories on the database are non fiction – a surprisingly high figure I thought and I wonder if that will hold true as more and more e-singles are added.
* the site is not “monetized” at the moment. That means the team who run it aren’t making any money, but it looks very professional and I presume they have eyes on the future.
There’s author interviews, reviews, a kindle bestseller list and a weekly email newsletter.
Check it out HERE
GOODfor short story writers everywhere – maybe we won’t be complaining about the lack of publishing opportunities any more