Which “Paradise?” Flash Fiction Story Gets Your Vote?

Vote5It’s that time again…time to choose your favorite flash fiction story of the week! It’s all up to you now – only one can win Flash Fiction Readers’ Choice Champion honors. It’s super easy – choose your favorite and cast your vote below.

Check out this week’s entries here. Make your decision, then use those share buttons at the bottom of the post to spread the word.

Voting polls close Thursday at 5 PM Pacific time. If the poll doesn’t close on time, any votes received after 5 pm will be removed.

Which "Paradise?" Flash Fiction Story Should Win the Readers' Choice Award This Week?

  • Howard Johnson (45%, 18 Votes)
  • Rachel Bennett Steury (18%, 7 Votes)
  • A. L. Kaplan (15%, 6 Votes)
  • Judith Garcia (10%, 4 Votes)
  • Dusty May Jane (5%, 2 Votes)
  • Biswajit Mukhopadhyay (3%, 1 Votes)
  • John D. Ottini (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Joe Wocoski (3%, 1 Votes)
  • Luigi Silvestri (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 40

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NOTE: Entrants whose submissions exceed the 250 word limit will be disqualified even if they win. ONE VOTE PER PERSON, please. Duplicate votes will be deleted. The results displayed above are unofficial until verified by administration.

Top 7 Book Reviewer Complaints

writer mistakesReviewers are presented with the same situation, over and over again. Beginning writers – and some not so beginning – insist on making the same mistakes. Either they don’t know any better, or they don’t care, or it’s their God-given right to write any way they like, and who are you to tell them different? But it’s a competitive world out there, and fixing basic problems is a good way of improving your chances. It’s also a good way of showing your professionalism.

Please don’t be offended at these. Reviewers have no personal grudge against you or your masterwork. It’s just that if we didn’t have to keep commenting on the same errors over and over, we would have room to say something more important about your work. Continue reading “Top 7 Book Reviewer Complaints”

What’s Smashwords Good For?

Smashwords LogoRecently, for a number of reasons that will take too long to explain here, I decided to pull a few of my titles from the KDPS (Kindle Direct Publishing Select) program and make them available for other retailers as well as Amazon.

But this left me with another choice: I could publish with each of the big retailers individually, I could pay a company like BookBaby to do it for me, or I could publish through an eBook aggregator like Smashwords, Draft2Digital, or Pronoun (formerly Vook and now owned by MacMillan Publishers).

The idea of publishing vendor by vendor gave me a headache; Continue reading “What’s Smashwords Good For?”

How to Find and Query a Literary Agent, Part 2

querying a literary agentPart 2: How to Query an Agent

If you’re an author who’s decided to go trad instead of indie, you will first need to compile a list of likely agents to represent you. To find out how, see Part 1 of this article, How to Find an Agent.

After putting together your list of agents – and after researching them – you will need to send a query letter. This letter tells the agents about your work and asks them to represent you to publishers. Continue reading “How to Find and Query a Literary Agent, Part 2”