QuarterReads is an online initiative created by Oregon writer and web developer Ian Rose. As the name suggests, QuarterReads is a site where fans of short fiction can read short stories for a quarter of a dollar each (25 cents to us non-Americans). As you would expect from a web developer, the site is clean, clear, and easy to navigate. The site is still in its infancy, but already it features stories from 250 writers, including prominent writers in the field of short fiction such as Ken Liu and Cat Rambo . It’s a win-win for authors and readers; readers get access to top quality short fiction for small change, and authors get fairly compensated each time their story is read.
I’m always a fan of simple ways to get my work out there, so I have a few short stories listed with QuarterReads (with more to come as non-exclusive rights revert to me). I’m especially honoured to have one of those stories featured as the Free Story of the Week (admittedly, I’ve been a bit slack about blogging about it, as there are now only three days left of that week…).
The story is With “Paper Armour and Wooden Sword”, originally published in the charity anthology Bleed. In this story I confront what is for me the greatest fear of all – the death of one’s child.
Once you’re done at QuarterReads reading some free fiction, take a little time to browse around and see what else might take your fancy.