Sunday 14 February 2021

Trippping the Flash Fantastic by Allison Symes


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How we came to publish this one

We have published Allison several times on CaféLit and in our annual anthologies.  She has also been successful in our Waterloo Festival Writing competitions. Allison is very proactive in our writing and publishing community. She has become somewhat of an expert in flash fiction so it seemed very natural to publish her in another of our “little square books”.            

The title

All Allison’s idea. An effective new take on a well-known phrase.  

Some notes about the process

This went through the normal three stages of editing though there was not a lot to do in the first stage. We used one of our freelance editors – a colleague with whom Allison has worked before.    

The cover

We used the normal “frame” that we have on all of our flash collections. Allison worked with our designer on deciding what should be inside the picture frame. It reminds me very much in style and colour of the National Trust. I wonder whether they might be interested in the book?    

Some notes about style

Some of the reviews on Amazon give a useful indication of the style:

‘What an entertaining read, all with a paranormal flavour, and written in her chatty style and earthy language. ' Silly me. It's sod's law. I should've thought of that, shouldn't I?' Even her witches are humorous, one of them just finishing planting her runner beans (as witches do, of course) when a farmhouse landed on top of her.


‘Fairy godmothers who aren't what they first appear. Mini revenge tales. Hints of the Gothic. Santa and tooth fairies as you've not met them before.


‘Some made me giggle, some made me gasp, all surprised me! I found it a real page turner, as the stories had such unexpected twists and turns! Some were actually quite moving.’

Who we think the reader is

Flash as ever is for the reader who hasn’t got a lot of time to sit with a book in their  hands but has plenty of time to think. You read the story and it stays with you for quite a while as you go about your everyday business.


This book has some way to go to cover all of its costs but it continues to sell steadily.        


What else

We have published a record number of books in the last twelve months. We are pleased to have this within our collection.


Review copies

It’s always great if you can buy the book and give us a review. Just click on the link below the image to be taken to Amazon. If you would like to review and you are strapped for cash, just get in touch for a free PDF or mobi-file.      

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