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Saturday, 5 January 2013

A Proposal: The Follow-Up

Back in May '12 I had the idea of producing bespoke, one-off stories in chapbooks for people. I blogged about it here. I honestly didn't expect anything to come of it, and so I was pleasantly surprised to find a few people took me up on the offer. 4, to be exact. Not a huge amount, but 4 more than I'd anticipated.

The experience of writing on demand was a lot more daunting than I'd imagined it being. These stories weren't just being written for anonymous editors (or even for editors who I knew, but who are still editors). These were written for people who liked my writing enough to want something produced just for them, and wanted it enough to have paid for it without knowing what they would get.

Yeah. No pressure, right?

Thankfully the feedback I've been getting has been nothing but wonderful. The last one I did in particular netted me one of the nicest emails I've ever received, for a story I wrote called Homecoming (not a rip-off of the Ray Bradbury story of the same name, I promise).

They do look bloody good, if I say so myself.

The lady who commissioned this one has been following Flash365 since the beginning and has commented on a lot of the stories, so the fact that I got this one right meant a lot to me. And, apparently, to her, which was nice.

So...the point of this post, really, is to say that I think this experiment has been a success, even though I've only done a few of the books. I'm going to keep the offer open; a bespoke story in a one-off chapbook for £30. If you're interested, drop me an email at c.bissette [at] hotmail [dot] co [dot] uk (obviously replacing the [anti-spam] stuff with real symbols).

In other news, Flash365 has fallen behind somewhat. I'm aware of that, and I'm not happy about it. Life got hectic, and something had to take a back seat. If you've been following the stories, I'm sorry. The same thing happened to my Jukepop Serials story. I'm going to make a concerted effort this month to get them back on track. Watch this space.

And, after all that; Happy new year!

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