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A New Way to Read Stories

There’s a new “experiment” going on in publishing. A site called Quarter Reads lets authors upload very short stories (500-2,000 words), and, after a quick preview of a few sentences, lets readers access the whole thing for 25 cents per story.

There is no “editor” per se, no gatekeeper compiling a “magazine,” and thus no initial payment for the writer. But the writer gets 88% of each quarter read, and 100% of any tips dumped into the tip jar by a reader who really like a story. The writing can be of any genre, and search fields can narrow a reader’s options by genre, author, hottest read, latest uploaded, etc.

I think this sounds like a great idea, and I’ve got stories in the queue waiting to be uploaded. There are some great stories already there, and some wonderful writers contributing to the site. I suggest you pop on over and give it a try–read something. Drop in a tip, if you really liked something. Directly support writing, and writers. How awesome is that? I’d be interested in knowing what you think of the site.

7 thoughts on “A New Way to Read Stories”

  1. Interesting. I poked around the site a bit, not that there’s a lot to see, (unless one signs up, I suppose) and I found the lack of an ‘about’ page a bit of a red light. I want to know who I’m giving my 25 cents/stories to, before I commit.

    Not that it’s not a splendid idea, just a bit more upfront accountability please.

    1. Widdershins, your comment here worked! :-D. The editor checked out my website (since I asked to link to it), saw your comment, and committed to changing the lack ASAP! Thank you!!!

    2. Widdershins – As M.E. said in her reply, I took a look at this post and you’re absolutely right – an about page is something we should have had from day 1. I’ve added one at, along with a contact email to ask any additional questions. Thanks so much for your comment, and I hope you’ll get in touch if you want to know more.

  2. It looks interesting. I have problems writing anything that short, but if I create anything I feel worth trying, I will send it that way. May sign up to read as well once I can get the initial fee build up. Being a broke college student bites.

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