Wednesday 6 April 2022

The Best of CafeLit 10


How we came to publish this one

We publish a Best of CaféLit book every year. This time we invited those writers who had appeared in The Best of CaféLit 9 to select the stories for this volume. This time we asked authors to pick their favourite story other than their own, for each month they had a story published, if they had two stories in one month that could pick two stories etc. .   

The title

We used to use the year the stories were first published as part of the title. However  the book comes out during the year after the stories have originally been published on the site so it looks a little odd for example to talk about The Best of CaféLit 2020 in August 2021. So now we just give the book a sequential number  We’ve actually just made the selection for The Best of CafeLit 2011. More about that later.         

Some notes about the process

All CaféLit stories are edited as they go on to the site. This is just a copy edit / proof read. They have to be up to a certain standard before we accept them. Once the “camera ready” text has been produced, contributors are invited to check their work and we proof-read it twice in house.  

The cover

The cover is branded. It’s the same picture every year though our designer varies the colour.

Some notes about style

There is a variety of submissions. Some are dark. Some are light-hearted. Some are longer. Some are shorter. We have a few poems as well.

Who we think the reader is

Ideally, this is the reader who want to sit down with a cuppa at around 4 p.m. Some of the stories are seasonal so may speak to a certain mood. On the site we publish Halloween stories around Halloween time and Christmas ones around Christmas. There is no accounting for when you’ll read various stories in the Best of volumes.


This book as not yet covered all of its costs but it has almost covered the money already laid out. The editor and designer have not yet taken a fee or wage for their work on the book. It has almost covered its actual costs.       

What else

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 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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