Smart Readers Start Here

And here you are! Hypothesis confirmed.

We’ve noticed a trend, and maybe you have, too. Pulp fiction and popular fiction’s writing quality has gone down a bit. Not everywhere, and not in everything, but especially in some recent block-busting hits, there’s been a minor setback in quality.

We don’t like that, so we decided to do something about it. The way we see it, it isn’t one thing driving the trend, but more a confluence of things, so we’re addressing several of them.

  1. There are a lot of writers. Too many for publishers to respond to. That means many writers go about their careers not learning what good writing is.
    What we do: We pick writers who have that knowledge of good story, and we teach the ones who need a little extra instruction.
  2. Readers can only choose from what they’re offered.
    What we do: We’re offering a place of high-quality fiction. Good stories, well-told.
  3. Marketers think smart fiction doesn’t sell. Marketers influence editors, and editors decide what they’ll take risks on. More than one of us has been told to “dumb down” our stories or novels, and we feel that’s silly. Smart writing does sell. Please tell them so after you enjoy our selection.
    What we do: Prove them wrong!

Our Selection and How We Work

We have no problem telling you our MO. Besides, you’re smart, you’ll figure it out whether we tell you or not. So here goes:

we lure you in with free stories and essays, which hopefully tempt you to buy our books (as we add to our library).

Yeah, that’s it. We’ll get more sophisticated as time goes on, but for right now, it’s just free. Not even a sign-up (although that won’t last long, we’ll be getting the sign-up thing going soon so we can actually suggest the awesome books and let you know when we put up new stories). But we aren’t tech wizards here, so we just haven’t gotten to that part yet.

Your Feedback

We wouldn’t be here if it weren’t for you, smart readers. You’re why we exist in the first place. So, if you have a minute, could you please send us your feedback? What do you feel is missing? What would be cool to have? What is awesome that we already do have?

Give us a high-five or tell us where we’re falling short. Thank you for helping us make this site one you’ll come to again and again.


Stories More ARtfully Told

Let's start growing as authors, sharing our knowledge and helping one another create Stories More ARtfully Told. After all, that's only SMART.