Monday, 6 May 2013
It's a Dog's Life
Rosemary Kind, creator and manager of Alfie Dog Fiction which I blogged about a year ago, sent me the following article to update womag blog readers on their progress, one year on. So far, so good, by the looks of things!
A year in the life of www.alfiedog.com
On May 16th 2012 www.alfiedog.com started business with the intention of being the best short story download site on the internet. We started with around 200 stories from 50 authors and a very small team dedicated to making it a success. Whilst there were other short story sites giving work away for free and some which offered downloads in a single format, there were no immediate competitors offering quality, edited stories in multiple formats for different ereaders or to print. We set out to change that.
Everywhere we turned short story markets were closing. Friends were bemoaning the difficulties of finding homes for quality short stories and the frustration that a short story once published in one media would languish in a drawer unread by other potential readers. Readers complained that the standard of stories available from some other sites was poor, with a lack of editing and quality control. We decided that www.alfiedog.com would be different. All stories go through a thorough review and edit before being accepted. Not all stories are accepted, but where possible we do try to provide advice and guidance to our writers on where rewrites are required and explain why.
We wanted to make belonging to www.alfiedog.com a good experience for writers; one where they could be part of a family providing support where necessary. Yes, we wanted to provide an income with royalties for every download, but we wanted it to be about more than just the money.
We’ve had growing pains. It’s been hard work. We work long hours. However, when you get authors telling you how proud they are to be part of the site and how grateful they have been for the direction you have given them, every minute is worthwhile.
With a year behind us we now have over 900 stories on the site from more than 240 authors around the world. We’ve branched out into longer works with collections of short stories, both single and multi-author works. Over the next few weeks we will be releasing our first novels, although these will be deliberately few in number as our focus remains the short story.
Sales have been slow, as people take time to find the site, but from the growing number who do the feedback has been good and it has been a pleasure to pay out royalties to some of our authors. So, where do we plan to go in the next year? We are always open to submissions, but our focus now is to improve the site, move it up the search rankings so that more people find us and do all we can to boost sales. It’s a long uphill climb, but after only a year we are proud to describe ourselves as the best short story download site on the web. We really do offer something for everyone and if we can make as much progress in the next twelve months as we have in the last twelve, there will be no stopping us.
Rosemary J Kind
Alfie Dog Fiction