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

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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