Bibliofaction short story website needs a new home

Would you like to run Bibliofaction.com? Despite our best efforts, Andrew and I are no longer finding the time to properly look after the Bibliofaction website and community. So it’s time to find someone new to take care of it. It’s going free to a good home (though it has some costs involved and would benefit from some technical work). We’d like the website to be run by someone who supports the original goals of the site – to encourage everyone to have a go at writing a short story. It should be a welcoming, inclusive and inspiring place – but we won’t have ongoing involvement in the site, so really it’s your call! Here are some top-level facts that might be useful to you: 3,500+ published stories ~10,000 visits per month (it was a bit higher when we were … Continue reading »

Punk rock (self) publishing

Digging through Google Reader this evening I found a mention of Open Site Explorer (posting link here for my own reference). Did a quick search to see who was linking to Bibliofaction and found an old article titled: This is Why Self-Publishing isn’t Taken Seriously. I was worried I’d find a critique of what we’re trying to do with Bibliofaction, but was pleased to find an article that pretty much agrees with what we think is important in self-publishing. I loved this note on Punk rock publishing: “The ethic of: anyone can do it.  Just learn two chords and you can start a rock band.  It was revolutionary.  Self-publishing most certainly has the potential to have that same kind of attitude and purpose, and until that happens it’s going to be perceived as a self-released slush pile, rather than a place where … Continue reading »

Business vs. Charity

Andy and I have been reviewing our last 5 years or so working on Bibliofaction and we’re thinking about what shape the site will take going forward. Lots to consider – no decisions made yet.  If I review the site as a business (which in legal terms it is), it’s an embarrassing failure. But, as a social enterprise designed to encourage creativity and the arts, then I’d like say it’s going really well. I’d rather be a patron than an investor anyway.