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No Rain No Rainbows

I have a wonderful tee shirt with ‘Maui Rules’ on the back. They are gems of insight from the beautiful island of Maui in Hawaii. Of course, whilst there is a lot of merit in ‘Speak softly and wear a loud shirt’, my personal favourite is ‘No rain No rainbows’.

Life is always full of ups and downs and as a writer it can be frustrating when they get in the way of being able to put pen to paper. However, without the life experiences our writing would be shallow and our characters would be unrealistic.

I’ve had to take stock and consider what I can do in the available 24 hours and what I can’t do. I’ve also had to think about what matters most. The answer to that second point isn’t always the same as what would I like to do with my time. I can choose to be frustrated about that, or I can choose to embrace it and make the most of what it offers. No rain No rainbows.

I had to reach the very difficult decision that to make enough time for my own writing I would have to stop running the short story download site I set up some six years ago. I’m still a publisher, but will through Alfie Dog Fiction, focus on the book side of the business rather than the individual downloads. It was a hard decision as I believe in short stories. I think they are an important part of the fiction world. However, time does not allow me to do everything.

I’m still working with around 80 authors around the world and will be able to spend a little more time promoting their work. I will miss the many I no longer work with. The talent they represent has been incredible to be part of. I’ve met such interesting people through short stories over the last six years and will stay in touch with a good number of them.

I’m still publishing new titles for some of our authors, but I will now be able to carve out enough time to move my own writing forward again. at a pace I’m happy with. That is my rainbow and I will enjoy every one of its glorious colours.

From Story Idea to Reader – now available in audio – Free Code Offer

From Story Idea to Reader - now available in audio - Free Code Offer

I am delighted to say that the Audiobook version of From Story Idea to Reader was released yesterday. It has been narrated by Charles “CW” Hall whose voice lends itself well to the easily accessible style of the book. It is available through Amazon (see link below) or direct through Audible.

For those who have not yet taken a look, From Story Idea to Reader is designed to be a useful guide to writing fiction, covering everything from idea generation to finding an audience for your work, and from developing characters to point of view. There is something in it for every writer at whatever stage of their writing life they are.

I do have available a few free codes for the purpose of gaining reviews for the audiobook. If you would like to review the title then please email me at rjkind@alfiedog.com with Audio Review in the title field so that I can send you a code and the details of how of obtain the book. Reviews are essential to writers as they are a way for others who don’t know us to find quality work. In an age when so many books are published that is essential.

Of course, the book is in both ebook and paperback as well and you can follow the link HERE to take a look. The advantage of the paperback is that it includes pull-out boxes with tips drawn from the pages to give a very quick and easy reference guide as well as the main detail. Sadly it was not possible to include those in the ebook. However, if you have Kindle Unlimited it is available to read as part of that programme at no extra charge.

5 years and we’re celebrating!

It is five years ago today since I launched www.alfiedog.com the short story download site. Over those years I have built it to being one of the biggest paid short story sites in the world with 325 authors and over 1600 short stories.

We’re having a bit of a celebration with some special offers on stories by those authors who have been with us all five years http://alfiedog.com/fiction/featured/ and a special sale of some of the best stories we carry, with six different stories brought to you each week over the next five weeks http://alfiedog.com/fiction/sale/  Then we’re having with a big online party which you are all welcome to join on June 11th from 7pm to 9pm UK time https://www.facebook.com/events/214250785730563/?active_tab=discussion Finally we are finishing off our celebrations by offering five of our short story collections absolutely free as ebooks and we’ll let you know the dates of those later.

Spread the word and join in the celebrations.

Publication Day

final-cover-small-front-251016It’s here. It’s available in time for Christmas and, though I say so myself, it’s well worth reading if you want to learn more about writing.

From Story Idea to Reader

From Story Idea to Reader is an easily accessible guide to writing fiction. Whether you are brushing up on your writing skills or starting out, this book will take you through the whole process from inspiration to conclusion. No matter if you are looking to submit your work for publication, enter a competition, or want to self-publish, this practical guide will help you every step of the way.

Between them, Patsy Collins and Rosemary Kind have sold hundreds of short stories, written sixteen published books and produced numerous articles for Writing Magazine and similar publications. They’ve both judged writing competitions and run workshops, and Rosemary has read and edited thousands of short stories and published dozens of books for other writers.

With the information, help and encouragement in this book, you too could see your work in print.

Available from:

Alfie Dog Fiction – HERE

Amazon UK – HERE

Amazon.com HERE

Also available from other online retailers.