Friday, 31 August 2012

Rosemary Kind talking about Alfie Dog

Today's person who publishes is Rosemary Kind who runs Alfie Dog. The site really is a good place to submit and read fiction (most stories cost under 50p). I'm not saying that just because I have quite a few pieces published there.


What do you publish?

Here at Alfie Dog Fiction we publish quality short stories from 500 to 15,000 words. The beauty is that we offer them in a range of formats so that you can read them on almost any e-reader, or print them out to read in the traditional way. We carry almost every genre from children's to adventure, feel good to horror, humour to historic. Whether you are 4, 44 or 104 we have something you will enjoy reading or having read to you. We want to offer our readers the best of everything. If it can make our editors laugh, cry, feel a shiver down their spine or still be thinking about it a week later then it's probably done its job and our readers will we rewarded for the time spent reading. Literary for the sake of being 'high-brow' is unlikely to impress us. There has to be a good story to go with it. We don't do erotica or extreme violence and we don't accept bad language unless it is essential to the piece, which in all honesty is rare. A good writer should have a wide enough vocabulary to be able to get the message across without risking alienating potential readers.

Where can people read writing you've published?


www.alfiedog.com You can download all the stories from the site. The company is named after its patron Alfie Dog, who works tirelessly between naps. As a result of the name we took on the slogan 'taking your imagination for a walk'* and that's exactly what a good story does. It takes your imagination someplace different and gives it a good workout. After a good story your imagination comes back to you in much better shape. We've already got around 500 stories on the site and the number is increasing by the week. We have writers from all over the world, the only commonality being that they write in English and they can write a cracking story.

How should writers submit their work?

Our full submissions guidelines are on the site at http://alfiedog.com/submissions/submission-process/ . On the whole we are very flexible. We don’t' ask for specific formatting and layout as we sort that as part of the publication process. Simply send your story to us in any of .doc .docx .rtf .txt or in the body of an email. We do ask for an author profile. This should be 50-75 words as you would like it to appear to potential readers. We also ask for a 'blurb' for the story of around 50 words which is the story's sales pitch. You want something that makes a reader want to read your work. It's the 'back book cover' equivalent for the short story. We don't accept postal submissions, only those sent by email.

What rewards/services do you offer writers?

Writers are paid royalties. How it works is that for every story sold there is a charge made by Paypal for using their facilities and then the writer receives 50% of what is left after that. So on a story selling at 39p the author will receive 16p. Royalties are paid quarterly and only when the balance reaches £10. We have only been running since May and we already have authors who have passed that mark so it is definitely achievable. For UK authors we can pay by bank transfer. For those authors in other parts of the world we can pay through Paypal, which is a better exchange rate and doesn't involve transaction charges in the way that a bank translation can. For some countries we have to deduct tax, where there is no double tax treaty in place, but fortunately many countries have full treaties with the UK.


*that's why I've illustrated this with a picture of somewhere I went for a walk - see not quite as random as you'd supposed!


If you have any questions for Rosemary please put them in the comments and she'll answer as many as she can.

19 comments:

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    1. Thank you.
      I have a wonderful group of writer friends to thank for the slogan. The dog is all mine!

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  2. Sounds like a great way of publishing and reading short stories! Thanks, Patsy and Rosemary :-)

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    1. Any new potential outlet for our work has to be a good thing, ExcuseMe.

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  3. This sounds interesting, thanks for highlighting it. I will check it out.

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  4. Thanks for allowing Rosemary to explain about Alfie Dog here, Patsy.
    PS - I've just listened to your latest appearance on the radio. You're obviously getting used to it.

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    1. I was too relaxed, Keith and forget to properly prepare something to say about my books. Will try to do better next time.

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  5. Thanks for the post, I've been meaning to find out more about Alfie Dog. (I love that name!)

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  6. Great interview Patsy and Rosemary. I have two stories on Alfie, it's great. Also read some as well. Love that picture of your walk Patsy.

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  7. Interesting interview Patsy & Rosemary. I've bought a couple of your stories from Alfie Patsy so I know the value of the stories is good.

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  8. I'd heard of Alfie Dog, but thanks for this Patsy, will check it out :)

    Xx

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  9. It's a good site, Vikki - for readers and writers.

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Thanks so much for commenting!