1. dmdutcher says:

    There’s also Aquasynthesis from Splashdown Press, which is shared-world flash fiction, and Provision Books Common Oddities, which is PDF and free and prints full-sized fiction and reviews. Not really much else, and anthologies generally aren’t common to Christian spec fic.

    Some authors do novellas, which can be a good introduction to their style.

  2. Lyn Perry says:

    Thanks for broaching this topic (and mentioning Residential Aliens) – this was our purpose exactly (as you mentioned above), to provide a platform for Christian-themed speculative fiction and allow new writers to develop. I wish I had the time to continue such a venture, but if we all keep looking and encouraging other believers to expand our network of influence, we’ll eventually ‘break out’ of the ghetto.

  3. notleia says:

    There’s a load of models we could try to utilize and combine to make something that might possibly work. I think something more like Netflix or Hulu, something forum-ish, is more likely to take off than a magazine, especially if you’re trying to get people to pay for it. But it would need to offer a selection like Netflix or Hulu, and there’s a a problem. Another possible model is the site Wattpad, which is essentially a YouTube of text stories. It’s free, and there’s a lot of content, but there’s a lot of poop to wade through for the good stuff–or at least not-horrible stuff–which is determined by popular vote.

    Maybe it’s possible to hit something in the middle, like using a paywall. Maybe the amateur stuff on the free side with the edited stuff behind the paywall, maybe with some popular edited stuff shifted to the freebie side for teasers, like when Dish teases me with free AnimalPlanet for a month. I dunno, maybe this could offer more direct pay results to the authors based on how many hits their stories get.

    How plausible does that sound to everyone else?

    • Notleia, I think that might be what the Havok Lightning blog is for because they do have some stories there, with the paid pieces “behind the wall” (I like the way you explained that). The old Sword Review had a forum. It really was a growing enterprise—ventured into book publishing and someone bought them out but didn’t want the magazine arm. I thought that was a big loss. I was excited when Digital Dragon came on the scene, but I know I didn’t do much to promote them and they weren’t around long. So now we have Havok and the other ventures DM mentioned. I hope they can make a go of it.



  4. Alex Mellen says:

    To fellow writers on SpecFaith, for the same reasons that reading short fiction is a good idea, writing some is too. It’s not time-consuming like a novel, it allows you to practice tight, well-crafted writing, and it helps you break into publication.

    • Ben Wolf says:

      You’re exactly right, Alex. We at Splickety often tell folks to write flash fiction regardless of what your writing career aspirations are because it tightens up your writing and forces you to make every word count. Great advice.

  5. Matthias M. Hoefler says:

    Thank you Rebecca and all. This was a very helpful post.

  6. Ben Wolf says:

    Hey everyone,

    Wow, thanks so much for the shout-out, Spec. Faith and Rebecca! Havok is trekking along nicely and I’m grateful for your support and your interest. We’re dedicated to providing the highest quality flash fiction in the world, and with your help we’ve been doing just that.

    I’m delighted to say that Havok is going strong and we aren’t going to quit any time soon. My secret has been to keep costs hilariously low and to rely on a dedicated team of volunteers (I think we have 15 total employees now?) without whom none of this would be possible.

    Spec. Faith brought up some interesting points about us charging for the flash fiction we produce and publish, and I’d like to address those. Obviously we need to bring in some money just to cover our expenses (and none of our staff get paid–yet–by the way, hence the term “volunteers”) to produce each issue. We recently raised our prices to reflect our growth and the improved quality of what we were offering, but along with that we will increase the payments to our authors (we’re going to double the current rate) starting in January of 2015. So never fear–money spent on Havok or our other magazines is being well spent and reinvested into helping us produce great publications for our readers.

    What’s more, we’re always offering ways for readers to get ahold of our magazines (at least in digital form) for free. We’ve started to offer free subscriptions to Havok via the email newsletters of our featured authors. We gave away about 100 one-year subscriptions to Tosca Lee’s followers, and we’re going to make that same one-year subscription available to Bryan Davis’s readership as well. You just have to know when and where to look, but Havok is totally available for free if you’re willing to sign up for your favorite authors’ mailing lists. You may even be able to get it for free forever if you’re diligent enough.

    So we’ve found ways to make it work thus far. We’re exceed about the future, but we need your help to continue moving forward. Here’s how you can help:

    1. Subscribe. Yep. This is super helpful to us because, whether you’re a paid subscriber or not, you’re one more set of eyes we can share with prospective advertisers. That means more potential for ad revenue, and thus more capital for operating expenses, and THAT means we won’t have to disappear on you like many of the aforementioned other publications.

    2. Submit. Without exquisite flash fiction, we won’t have anything to publish. Send us your best work (after you’ve edited it and had it critiqued and proofed by other awesome writers) and maybe we’ll put it in an upcoming issue. We’ve all got stories that are weird and might not fill 400 pages of a novel, right? Shrink them down to 1,000 words or less and send them our way.

    3. Advertise. Have you got a speculative product that you want to promote to our readers? It can be a book, a blog, an action figure, a bowl of alien jello–whatever. If you produce it, you can buy ad space with us to share with our readers. We always offer discounts if you purchase space in multiple issues.

    4. Blog with us. We’re constantly on the hunt for experienced bloggers who want to expand their reach and get their messages out there, specifically as it relates to flash fiction, of course, but also with regard to writing in general and, as far as Havok is concerned, stuff that’s weird and unusual. If that’s you, get in touch with us.

    If you’d like to jump into the fracas with us on any of these things, visit our website, http://www.splicketypubgroup.com for more information. We also have a few volunteer positions open and we’d love to consider you for them if you’re interested.

    Thanks again, Spec Faith, and I’ll happily answer any questions you guys might have about anything Splickety- or Havok-related.

    Ben Wolf
    Executive Editor
    Splickety Publishing Group

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