Hello again, everyone!
- First up, just to let you know that there are still competitions on the Competitions page and
events on the Events page of the website (including my own appearance at the Worcestershire Lit Fest, do come along), so don't forget about those. And, if new 'flash' events or competitions come your way, do send them over. The website is not going to just disappear now the day is over, it will change a bit and we will not be updating quite so often, but we'll still be here and still doing our thing, so don't forget us.
- Next, I want to mention the free e-books that we gave away. Apologies, first, for those of you who tried to download Simon Sylvester's 140 Characters only to find it wasn't free. Apparently there had been a glitch somewhere in the process and a switch didn't get thrown. I did try to let people know through the Facebook page, but only had limited internet access so couldn't get to the web-page to alter it. The book was listed as free the next day, so hopefully some of you caught it then. On the subject of the books, however, it appears that around 150 people downloaded each of the books, which is wonderful, but the giveaway only works to support the writers if you spread the word. So, if you have read the books and you enjoyed them, please do go back to the Amazon pages and click on the 'Like' button up near the top, and also please leave a review to tell other people why they should buy copies with real money. Also, if you run a blog or website, please do consider writing reviews of the books there, or putting up a link to the books, or similar. One of the best ways to support a writer is to recommend their work. Thanks.
- A quick mention, as well, for the mooted anthology collecting together the winning entries from the various competitions. This is still on the cards and will be called 'I Can Show You The World and other stories' and will be out soon. It will be a free e-book available (probably) from Smashwords, so stay tuned for that.
- Having mentioned books, I should mention Jawbreakers. The e-book is now available on Kindle at http://www.amazon.co.uk/
Jawbreakers-ebook/dp/ B0083BRYKW/ref=sr_1_1?s= digital-text&ie=UTF8&qid= 1337333761&sr=1-1 for you to download and enjoy immediately! Or you can still order real, physical, paper copies from us here at NFFD via http://www. nationalflashfictionday.co.uk/ anthology.html. If neither of those take your fancy, there are copies for sale in Brighton's Waterstones (it would be great if they could sell out...) or you can come along to one of the launches we're organising for the book. We only have a confirmed date for one so far, but it is at Blackwell's in Manchester (by the university) on Friday 8th June at 6.30pm, so do please come along. More details here: https://www.facebook. com/events/429476600404131/. We are also now working on a Bristol launch, a Brighton one, and a London one, and if you'd like us to come to your area, do drop us a line.
- And so, onto the future. As you might have noticed above, I already alluded to the fact that the website will be continuing, so you have probably guessed that so will National Flash-Fiction Day. It's true. It went too well to give up. So plans are already being made for NFFD2013. But... we're not going to start just yet. Personally, I need a bit of downtime after all that hard work and excitement, plus I have lots of my own writing to do and - oh yes - I'm getting married in less than 6 weeks! So, the website will be tidied up, sales, events and launches for Jawbreakers will continue, and the occasional bulletin will trickle out, but I think we should all take a breather now until about September, at which point we'll pull the tarp off, put the key in the ignition and get the engine ticking over once more. Thank you for all your hard work, take a well earned break, but start thinking about what you'd like to do for next year, because that was just a trial run, next time we do it even bigger and better!!