FLASH! is the second short-short fiction anthology by Browncoat Press, a celebration of the flash fiction form.
After the success of Baby Shoes, we've been pestered by fans about when we will release our next anthology project. The time is now.
The concept is simple: bring you 100 authors with 100 voices you can digest in small bites whenever is most convenient for you. While we're at it, we hope to introduce you to a writer or two you'll be happy to start a lifelong relationship with.
Flash fiction is a challenging and intense form of fiction, where what the writer doesn't say is at least as important as what gets put on the paper. It's also underserved in publishing because it's a difficult model to traditionally make work.
But crowdfunding makes the disadvantages of flash fiction (authors like to get paid, but an anthology needs a lot of authors) into assets (lots of authors can put lots of effort into getting the project moving).
Our last flash fiction anthology funded well and we were thrilled with the results. Check it out here to see what we've done.
We're looking for $2,000 to fully fund the release. That includes free e-copies for all the authors, and a print run for backers (at that level) and available for sale. Here's how that breaks down:
- $1,000 for author payment
- $200 for cover art and design
- $500 for editing and publication prep
- $100 for reward fulfillment
- $200 for Amazon and Kickstarter fees
If we reach our stretch goal of $4,000 we'll have enough to ship each author a free print copy of the book.
Risks and challenges
Executive Editor Jason Brick has published this exact kind of project successfully, among dozens of other self-published, traditionally published, and ghostwritten books. The rest of our editorial team consists of seasoned experts, all of whom worked on the Baby Shoes anthology. Our experience base is solid.
All that said, we delivered a bit late on Baby Shoes. We've revised our process and timeline to make sure we avoid that problem this time.
By far the biggest risk is the number of moving parts: 100 authors and 100 stories leaves lots of room for stuff to go wrong. In fact, we're planning for late turn-ins, people flaking out and even plagiarism. Our timeline and budget leave room for those problems. If things go badly wrong, we will find replacement authors and push back the release date. No matter what happens, there will be a book and you will get all the rewards you've been promised.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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