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

13 comments:

Dolores Doolittle said...

Fantastic! Snippets of stories on the site are beam-inducing - shall be joining and buying! Thank you, Rosemary, and thank you Womag.

SarahE said...

Alfie Dog offered to publish my first ever solo collection of short stories - horrors and thrillers called '3am and Wide Awake' which is now available. I'm very happy with the professionalism and help I had. This is a brilliant site for both readers and writers alike and I hope it goes from strength to strength. Well done and thank you, Rosemary!! You deserve success.

Tina K Burton said...

I'm proud to have stories on Alfiedog, and hope the site continues to succeed as the stories are very good quality. With dwindling markets, it's great to have a site that's trying to ensure the short story doesn't disappear completely. Well done Rosemary :)

SarahE said...

Something else I just realised - alfie dog was formed on my 50th birthday last year!Cooky spooky....

Patsy said...

Alfie Dog is a great site and I'm pleased to have my work included.

Rosemary Kind said...

Thank you for your kind comments. I love every minute of working on www.alfiedog.com and have been privileged to find myself working with so many brilliant writers.

Clair Humphries said...

What a brilliant outlet for short stories - I'd never come across this before, so thanks for bringing my attention to Alfie Dog.

JanBay said...

I have only been involved with Alfie Dog Fiction since April 2013 but I am proud to be associated with the site. I now have stories published for the first time and the comments received in the edits are helping me to develop my craft as a short story writer. A big thank you!

joanne fox said...

We all apreciate your hard work on Alfie Dog, Rosemary, and thanks for giving us the opportunity to make our stories available to a wider audience.

Susan Wright said...

I have over 30 stories on Alfie Dog, and I have to say that it's been a real pleasure working with Rosemary, especially when she was working on my short story collection, 'Six Stupid Sheep'
She's always been so friendly and efficient, and it's amazing to get a response to a short story submission after a few days when you're used to waiting months and months to hear from fiction editors!
Keep up the good work, Rosemary, and let's hope Alfie Dog takes off in a big way very soon!

TracyFells said...

Lovely to hear this update on Alfie Dog. I'm proud to have stories on the site almost from the site and it's great to see the initiative grow both in size and goals. Wishing Rosemary a successful second year of operation!

jennyroman said...

One of the great things about Alfiedog is that it takes a wide range of fiction so you're not as limited in terms of genre as you might be with some of the other outlets. Keep up the good work, Rosemary!

Denise Jay said...

I've just had a story accepted on Alfie Dog. I'm chuffed. I've downloaded a few stories, too. I do like being able to pick and choose stories from such a wide variety of genres.

Many thanks to womag for mentioning this site. And thanks to Rosemary for creating it.