As the name implies, all the short stories posted there can be read for twenty-five cents (but readers have to buy credits in $10 blocks).
I was so taken with the concept that I submitted a short story, “Town Car,” which is now live. The first taste is free:
The young driver stood near the baggage carousel, shuffling his wingtips from side to side. His white shirt was pressed and his tie was straight, but his jacket was still in the trunk of the town car.
The driver patted his hair down as blurry-eyed travelers straggled by. He stepped aside to let them pass, keeping his eye on the escalators in the distance.
The name ‘Volkov’ glowed from the screen of his tablet computer. This might be his only passenger of the night, but everything had to go just right. His future depended on it.
‘Just get him to the hotel.’
The driver was checking his phone for missed calls when the passenger materialized. A puff of smoke would have completed the illusion. Volkov reached out and pushed the ‘home’ button on the driver’s tablet.
His name faded to black.
“I don’t advertise.”
Read MORE at QuarterReads.com
I will also be posting an interview with QuarterReads founder and author Ian Rose later this week. Here’s a sneak peek from the Q&A:
“Readers benefit, we hope, from QuarterReads as a source of new stories that have been somewhat vetted, but that aren’t chosen based on editorial bias. We accept/reject stories, essays and poems on technical quality (spelling/grammar) and the basic requirement that they be a complete story. Then we let the readers do the picking and choosing after that. I like to think of it as a gate with a loose chain on it, that most stories can fit through if they squeeze and shimmy a bit, but not all. For writers, we offer the best percentage royalties anywhere I’ve seen, far better than self-publishing. We can’t yet offer the kind of exposure or marketing machine that the big self-pub sites can, but whenever they sell a story, they know that the vast majority of the money is going to them, not us.” — Ian Rose
In the meantime, please go check out my short story at QuarterReads and let me know what you think of both.