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September 2015

15th Sept – pennyshorts update

In response to the many who have asked me: ‘Why do you have a News button when you never post anything?’,   I’ve finally been shamed into writing an update.  pennyshorts is now 3 months old.  It features 118 stories by 100 authors.  A few little factoids:  The most popular author’s name is Peter (Step forward Messrs de Aguilar, Jordan, Lingard, Mills and Tickler).  The site’s acceptance rate is 14%, so if you submitted a story which joined the 86% rejected, swallow that bitter taste of rejection and submit another!  One author submitted seven stories before finally hitting paydirt. The most popular story was downloaded 17 times in the first quarter:  Folks, we need to do better.  Yes, we’re competing against free content, but this site is all about quality… not only quality of content, but of presentation too.  Seamless writing, with no irritating typos, apostrophes in the right places, properly formatted dialogue…  Authors and readers, please do whatever you can to spread the word, and think about buying a subscription to pennyshorts for a friend or family member as a present.  In fact, Christmas is coming up…   a cheap (and environmentally friendly) way of giving someone hours of entertainment.

Other news:  Simon, my wonderful web guru ( is developing a pennyshorts app.  I’ll keep you posted.