Friday, January 10, 2014

Hey, writers! Flinch! Books wants your stories!

For Immediate Release:

Flinch! Books, a new publisher of pulp-style adventure fiction, is looking for authors for their second publication, a prose anthology with a thrilling circus theme.

For several generations, the circus has brought joy to audiences, but it has also hinted at a darker side. The stories of the men and women who perform under the big top are of peril and pleasure, drama and danger, and the agony of their craft.

BIG TOP TALES will feature six of those stories, a year in the life of a popular traveling circus in 1956 America, each of them focusing on one of six lead characters: The Ringmaster, The Elephant Lady, The Knife Thrower (a male), The Human Skeleton (a male), The Trapeze Artist (a female), and The Boy.

BIG TOP TALES will be published first as an e-book in September of 2014, and then later in a print edition. Stories will be 10,000 words each and due no later than July 31st, 2014. This is a hard dead-line; if you cannot meet it, please do not apply for a slot in the book. Also, if we are not already familiar with your published writing, you may be asked to provide samples. Each author will receive a 10% royalty of net profits from sales of the e-book and print copy.

If you are interested in being part of the book, please send an email to Include the three characters from the above list you’d most like to write, in order of prominence, and if chosen to be included in the anthology you will be assigned one of them.

Flinch! Books was founded by writer Jim Beard, author of Sgt. Janus, Spirit-Breaker and Captain Action: Riddle of the Glowing Men, and co-creator of Monster Earth, and is dedicated to following the roads less traveled in fiction.

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