Monday, 6 August 2018

The Best of CafeLit 7 is now out!

We asked readers to vote for their favourite storeis published on the CafeLit web site in 2017.  We awarded five points for number one choices, four for number two and so on. 
The following stories received votes and are listed in the order of which ones received the most votes.
Authors were not allowed to vote for their own stories but we didn't mind if their friends did.
It's quite a tall order, anyway, to ask people to read all the storeis published in oen year but a few did and these are the results.
Next year, for The Best of CaféLit 8, we'll  ask those who appear in this volume to vote.   

Each story in this little volume is the right length and quality for enjoying as you sip the assigned drink in your favourite Creative Café. You need never feel alone again in a café. So what's the mood today? Espresso? Earl Grey tea? Hot chocolate with marshmallows? You'll find most drinks in our drinks index.  

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Thursday, 12 July 2018

140 x 140 by Gill James

Another of the little square books though this one is slightly thicker.

There are 140 stories, each 140 words long.   
Each story was inspired by the first picture I saw when I opened my Twitter feed on that day. The dates are preserved and give an indication of how long it has taken to produce this and turn it into a book.
These stories are created to be varied, thought-provoking, laughter-producing and tear-jerking. 

This anthology of women's fiction, this collection of very short stories, some might say a flash collection, is thought-provoking and each story is based upon a tweet. Except that each piece is 140 words long and not 140 characters.

They were collected over three years and edited for another nine months.
Gill James writes novels, short stories and flash fiction.

She is published by Butterfly, Continuum, How to, The Professional and Higher Partnership, Tabby Cat and edits for Bridge House, CaféLit,  Chapeltown and The Red Telephone.

She is a part-time lecturer in Creative Writing at Salford University.
You  can get 140 x 140 here.

Tuesday, 27 February 2018

Brightly Coloured Horses by Mandy Huggins

We are delighted to have published this fabulous collection of flash fiction by Mandy Huggins.

Brightly Coloured Horses is the first flash fiction collection from award-winning author, Mandy Huggins.

Twenty-seven tales of betrayal and loss, of dreams and hopes, of lovers, liars and cheats. Stories with a strong sense of place, transporting us from the seashore to the city, from India’s monsoon to the heat of Cuba, and from the supermarket aisle to a Catalonian fiesta. We meet a baby that never existed, a car called Marilyn, a one-eyed cat, and a boy whose kisses taste of dunked biscuits.

These stories all have something in common; each is a glimpse of what it’s like to be human. We make mistakes, we do our best, and most of he time we find hope.

Mandy’s work has been published in various anthologies and literary magazines, as well as in The Guardian, The Telegraph, Reader's Digest, Traveller, and Writers' Forum.

Her travel writing has won several awards, including the British Guild of Travel Writers New Travel Writer Award in 2014, and her short stories are regularly placed and shortlisted in competitions, including Bare Fiction, Fish, InkTears, Cinnamon Press and Retreat West.

A selection of her longer fiction is showcased in Death of a Superhero, published by InkTears, and her travel writing can be found in Roam Alone, a Bradt Travel Guide.

Mandy’s favourite writers include Kazuo Ishiguro, Charlotte Bronte, Yoko Ogawa, Helen Dunmore, Patti Smith and Ernest Hemingway.

Follow her on Twitter @troutiemcfish 


This is  a really enjoyable collection of short and Flash Fiction set in many different countries by a versatile writer. She is able to catch a wide variety of emotions in a very short story with exceptional  precision. Many are about lost or unrequited love, elegaic in tone. Some , like Twenty Dollar Shoes are heartbreaking. Others, like Waiting and Just for the Dance glimpse a memory of happiness, while many  leave the reader in the air , anticipating the next action , drawn into the scene, and forced to imagine what happens next. An intriguing  group of stories which will reward the reader.

Elaine Bermitz

'This is a writer who knows her craft. Never a word out place, poignant, sometimes sad, sometimes startling, these stories fit worlds into small spaces. A long awaited debut.'

Angela Readman, author of Don't Try This at Home and The Book of Tides

'If you want the perfect witness to a crime, Mandy Huggins is your woman. She notices everything about the people, places and the things around her. Colours, temperature, sounds, the lot. And she gets all this down in lovely little stories that spin around in the reader's head, dizzying us with her powerful images of loss, regret and yearning.'

David Gaffney, author of Sawn-Off Tales and All the Places I've Ever Lived

'Amanda's work is well crafted, subtle, and shows a deft hand. I love the way she gets into the psychology of each character, delving into their secret wishes and desires, giving us insights into how and why people act the way they do.'

A M Howcroft, InkTears  - author of Nobody Will Ever Love You



Brightly Coloured Horses available here.   

Monday, 26 February 2018

So Now You're Published. What Next?

This volume answers many of the questions that writers ask us about how they can help to promote their book and abut how much we can do to help.  It covers such topics as:

  • blogs
  • web sites
  • getting reviews 
  • press releases and advance author  information 
  • working with the local press, radio, TV, local bookshops and other venues
  • book launches
  • making a book trailer 
  • using social media 
  • other merchandise 
  • workign with schools, libraries and the Creative Cafe Project 
  • finding your fans and creating a mailing list 
  • professional bodies you should register with 
  • routines and checklists 
Are you  a Chapeltown, Bridge House or CafeLit author?  If so, you are entitled to a free copy. Contact us for yours.

Otherwise available on Amazon.