Monday, 8 August 2022

Mysterious Ways by Jeff Laurents

 


How we came to publish this one

We have published Jeff before so he fits our criteria of being a writer whom we already know. 

The title

There is certainly a lot of mystery in this book.   

Some notes about the process

Two different editors worked with Jeff this book. One did the three main edits another proof read. 

The cover

We are certainly presented with a mystery straight away. Is that a hangman’s noose or something far less sinister. The red implies danger and the dark background hints that the stories may be dark.  

Some notes about style

Each story poses a question. Is life really as simple as it looks or are there deeper mysteries behind it all?

Who we think the reader is

This collection is for the reader who likes to dwell a little on the darker side.

What else

This is one of our single author collections. We hope you will take a look. There is much to admire in Jeff Laurents’ work.

Review copies

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Tuesday, 26 July 2022

Speculations

 

How we came to publish this one

We have published Stephen before so he fits our criteria of being a write whom we already know.  

The title

This is another “what if” book. Not the sub-title.

 

Some notes about the process

Two different editors worked with Stephen on this book. One did the three main edits another proof read.  

The cover

The stylised figures on the cover ask silent questions about the material they are handling, We hope that is exactly what our readers will do.    

Some notes about style

None of the stories are too “genre” or too literary. We hope most of them will make you think.

Who we think the reader is

Many of our writers have a good number of friends, family, fans and followers. We like to think that our style is recognisable and we have a reasonable following.

What else

This is one of our single author collections. We hope you will take a look. There is much to admire in Stephen Faulkner’s work.

Review copies

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Friday, 15 July 2022

Resolutions

 

How we came to publish this one

This was our 2021 Christmas anthology. We always take a Christmas theme and ask people to respond to it and possibly subvert it a little.

The title

It worked. Yes there were hints of New Year resolutions but there were plenty of other resolutions as well. .

Some notes about the process

Debz and I each worked with half of the contributors. We worked on each text, suggesting some changes and picking up errors – grammar, spelling, awkward phrasing and typos. There was very little structural work to be done – after all we have selected the stories because they worked.

The cover

The cover shows a climber reaching the peak of a mountain. Many of the stories are about determination and about attaining a goal.

Some notes about style

None of the stories are too “genre” or too literary. We hope most of them will make you think.

Who we think the reader is

Many of our writers have a good number of friends, family, fans and followers. We like to think that our style is recognisable and we have a reasonable following.

What else

We are currently working on the next collection – Evergreen.

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 or here for other options of buying. If you would like to review and you are strapped for cash, just get in touch for a free PDF or mobi-file.      

 

Sunday, 3 July 2022

Christmas at the Cross by Maeve Murphy

 How we came to publish this one

Pam approached us with her work and we liked what we saw. So, we agreed to publish this collection. 

The title

Obviously there is a little word play going on here. The title is connected to Pam’s name.  

Some notes about the process

As ever the stories went through the three stages of revision. Pam worked with one of our regular editors.

The cover

Our covers usually come about as a result of a conversation between the author and the editor and then the author and our designer. A stock picture from Pixabay was used here.

Some notes about style

As ever flash fiction needs to tell a story succinctly . These do that beautifully and in rich poetic language.   

Who we think the reader is

These stories are ideal for the reader who has only a little time but like to be asked to think deeply as they read.

What else

As ever, we’re pleased to get out another collection of lovely pieces.

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.      

Reediting some stories – why we edit even stories that have already been published  

Saturday, 18 June 2022

Between the Lines by Pam Line

 

How we came to publish this one

Pam approached us with her work and we liked what we saw. So, we agreed to publish this collection.  

The title

Obviously there is a little word play going on here. The title is connected to Pam’s name.   

Some notes about the process

As ever the stories went through the three stages of revision. Pam worked with one of our regular editors.

The cover

Our covers usually come about as a result of a conversation between the author and the editor and then the author and our designer. A stock picture from Pixabay was used here.

Some notes about style

As ever flash fiction needs to tell a story succinctly . These do that beautifully and in rich poetic language.  

Who we think the reader is

These stories are ideal for the reader who has only a little time but like to be asked to think deeply as they read.

What else

As ever, we’re pleased to get out another collection of lovely pieces.

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.      

Reediting some stories – why we edit even stories that have already been published  

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Tuesday, 7 June 2022

Reediting some stories – why we edit even stories that have already been published

Typewriter, Paper, Drawing, Digital

A personal story

We edit and edit and edit. In my own personal writing world I always take another look at my work after it’s been rejected and before I send it out again. This is partly to do with me having grown as a writer and partly to do with the world having moved on and in particular what is fashionable in writing has changed. It isn’t even really just a matter of fashion – writing collectively gets sharper and more effective. And when I come to reading my work out in public, I’ll often edit as I go along. Again, we’ve all moved on. Texts anyway need to be a little different when they’re read out loud from the way they appear when they’re read silently from the page. And we all like doing and hearing “voices”.

CafeLit

Stories that are accepted for CafeLit are given a light copy edit before they’re posted. We may miss some things so it’s worth another look if the story is selected for The Best of book. Again even what might have been all right six months ago may no longer seem quite so neat.

Short story collections

We also publish collections of short stories by a single author. These should be by people we’ve published before and they may include stories we or someone else has already published. These are therefore stories that have either had a light touch if they’ve been on CafeLit or gone through more rigorous editing if they’ve been in one of our annual anthologies.

We also accept collections form people we don’t know if about two thirds of the stories they’re presenting have been published elsewhere. Naturally they must have the rights back.

The better the text is to begin with, the better it becomes

This is one of the biggest arguments for careful editing before you even submit. Personally, I edit my short stories at least four times before I submit. Then there are the extra edits between rejections. And novels have fourteen edits.

Editors also become more experienced as they edit so they’ll usually find something even in those texts that have been pre-edited.

It’s never-ending, but worth persevering?                      

Tuesday, 24 May 2022

Short Stuff by Jim Bates

How we came to publish this one

Author Jim Bates has been one of our regular writers, particularly on CafeLit, so we were pleased to produce this collection for him.

The title

The title was Jim’s idea. And it’s short and to the point, isn’t it? This is Jim’s “short stuff”.  

Some notes about the process

As ever the stories went through the three stages of revision. Jim worked with the same editor on this as he did for his short story collection Resilience. It’s good when an editor builds up a relationship with a writer.  

The cover

Our covers usually come about as a result of a conversation between the author and the editor and then the author and our designer. Jim found this lovely picture of a humming bird. People often now refer to the book as “the one with the humming bird on the cover.”

Some notes about style

As ever flash fiction needs to tell a story succinctly . These do that beautifully and in rich poetic language.   

Who we think the reader is

These stories are ideal for the reader who has only a little time but like to be asked to think deeply as they read.

What else

As ever, we’re pleased to get out another collection of lovely pieces. Form Friday 27 May 2022 there are offers on all of our collections of flash fiction, on what we call our “little square books”.     

 

Review copies

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