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QuarterReadsLate last year I interviewed Ian Rose, founder of a short fiction website called QuarterReads. If you haven’t checked QuarterReads out yet, it’s a pretty cool site where writers can publish short fiction without an involved submission process. Readers can read those stories for only 25 cents a pop, as the name implies. Most of that money goes to the writer. Here’s what Rose had to say about it in our interview at the time:

How is QuarterReads different from short fiction magazines/e-zines?

QuarterReads is different because we’re trying to carve out a space between the magazines and the self-pub community. The former has great quality but a limited scope and focus, determined largely by the wonderful editors that run those markets. The latter has more in terms of quantity than you could ever want, but lacks even the most basic quality control, allowing for the complete range from dreck to perfection. We want to live in between those extremes, by vetting our stories to a minimal level and then letting the reader take over from there, and to offer writers the best possible compensation in the meantime.

How and what are writers compensated?

QuarterReads works on a pure royalty system. Every time a reader chooses to spend one of their quarters on a story, 22 of those 25 cents go straight into the writer’s account. That’s 88% royalty off the top. There is no fee for placing your work on QuarterReads, no up-front payment, so the first story sale should put the writer 22 cents ahead. Readers also have the option to “tip” stories that they truly love, in the amount of 1, 2 or 4 quarters. The writer receives 100% of these tips. When the writer has accumulated $10 or more in their accounts, they can get paid.

My short story “Town Car” is currently up on the home page. Stop by and check it out!

S.W. Lauden’s short fiction has been accepted for publication by Out of the Gutter, Criminal Element, Dark Corners, Dead Guns Magazine, Akashic Books, WeirdBook, Spelk Fiction, Shotgun Honey and Crimespree Magazine. His debut novel, BAD CITIZEN CORPORATION, will be published by Rare Bird Books in October 2015. His novella, CROSSWISE, will be published by Down & Out Books in 2016.

Interrogation: Ian Rose of

ian roseWho: Ian Rose — Author and founder of, “a new way to buy and sell short writing.”

Where: Portland

What: QuarterReads is a lightly curated market for short writing. When a writer submits their work to QuarterReads, it is reviewed by a human reader for technical quality. Each story on QuarterReads costs one quarter, 25 U.S. cents. Readers who sign up with QuarterReads pay $5.00 for 20 reads. Every time they decide to read a story, the reader spends one of their reads. Of that 25 cents, 22 are paid into the writer’s account.

Interview conducted by email. Some questions and answers have been edited.

I think it’s important that people know QuarterReads was founded by a writer. Let’s start there. How long have you been writing and publishing?

I’ve been writing all my life, and publishing in the broadest sense since about 2007. That’s when I first had someone else publish something I had written, an embarrassingly clunky poem on a great little poetry site called Chantarelle’s Notebook. It was another few years before I got paid for a story, and it took me until this year to publish my first pro-paid story, a short in Daily Science Fiction. I write very part-time, and probably always will.

What is the last thing you published?

The last thing I published was a story called “You Wouldn’t Download a Mom” in the June/July issue of Plasma Frequency – they’re a great market that has been working hard to pay their writers more. It’s the story of a girl trying to replace her mother and realizing that as she ages, her concept of motherhood and family has changed.

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