This publication is centered around erotic flash fiction, but it is also a business. The future of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is bright, but nothing can be taken for granted. The Old Soldier is learning more about the business of erotic flash fiction every day.
Right now this business is in the start-up phase. It has less than 500 posts of which 174 were imported from an older version of the magazine and now these 174 posts bring in very few customers to the business.
But there is plenty of good news that bodes well for the future of the business. I have an excellent tech-team/host for the magazine on call 24/7. The team is worth every penny of the $64 it charged to host my little business for one year.
The finances of the business should be on a firm, sustainable foundation by January 2014. Also, the marketing campaign to raise awareness of the business here in Pittsburgh through a local bookstore, karaoke and business cards will be firmly in place by the new year.
And I have a team of talented writers in place who will send me a constant stream of erotic flash fiction and erotic poems.
Of course, like any business, there will be unforseen challenges to meet, but the Old Soldier looks to the future with confidence.
Join us in this journey of writing, culture and erotic flash fiction.
Submissions Guidelines Do Change
Even veteran writers make basic mistakes when they send in submissions.
Recently, one of my talented contributors sent in a submission. Writers who have been previously published in the magazine don’t have to wait for reading periods to send in submissions. I didn’t even read it; because the opening paragraph of the email told me what the submission was about. And what the submission was about did not follow the submissions guidelines.
This writer had not had anything published in the magazine for months which means that the writer probably had not read the guidelines in months.
Guidelines do change. Stay familiar with the submissions guidelines of the publications that you submit work to.
This is the Old Soldier reporting from Pittsburgh. Keep reading and keep writing that erotic flash fiction.