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I vote H

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I like H, too.  ;D
 
 
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Another vote for H   :D

I also like D.
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I like "Flash Forward". I'm not too excited about tying the book to one method of reading (on a train or whatever), even though I used an image of a commuter. :D People read in all sorts of places, and there has been a charity anthology along the line of commuting (our own Evenstar (Stella), was behind those).

Perhaps a generic ereader with some sort of "flash" action, a la the effect of The Flash rushing away? The ereader would tie it in with the first volume. Or just a swoosh behind the title?

Ah, sorry, I should have commented on your cover design too, it was late and I wasn't thinking clearly. My thought was just about using a different image source (one that wouldn't cost anything) if a different title was chosen. I do like the Tidbits title, though, the commute tie-in says a lot. My general suggestions for your cover design would be to ensure the title text stands out from the background (right now, before modifying the image, it blends a bit on the left) and to make the subtitle larger and thus more visible at smaller image sizes, even if it extends wider than "TIDBITS."

Well, I did say it was a rough draft, just made up quickly to get some response. It worked, finally!

I have no issue with paying a few credits for an image, so that's not an issue. I'd rather not have to pay for a font, so something I already have or can get for commercial use would be great.

Keep the ideas coming, folks! Maybe George should keep a list on what gets chosen most often, and then we can make a final decision on both title and image idea soon.
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Another quick mock up, nothing much for layers or whatever:



All the author names should fit, I just put a few placeholder words in because lazy.  :P

Anything and everything can be changed, just throwing up some ideas. I'll work on some more, based on the titles people have indicated preference for.

I still think George should be credited as the editor, since he is putting all of this together. Whether he likes it, or not.  :o
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Hey Raquel

How about replacing Tidbits with Flash Forward and dropping the Flash Fiction in the top left and adding the authors names?

Something like this....or what fits the best.

AUTHOR, AUTHOR, AUTHOR, AUTHOR, AUTHOR, AUTHOR, AUTHOR
AUTHOR, AUTHOR, AUTHOR, AUTHOR, AUTHOR, AUTHOR,AUTHOR
AUTHOR, AUTHOR, AUTHOR, AUTHOR, AUTHOR, AUTHOR
AUTHOR, AUTHOR, AUTHOR,AUTHOR, AUTHOR,AUTHOR
AUTHOR, AUTHOR, AUTHOR, AUTHOR
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I don't think putting a bunch of author names on the front is a good idea. It would be too cluttered.

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I see "Flash Forward" is getting a lot of interest. Imagine though, for a moment, that all you knew about the anthology was that title. You might think it was about time travel. At the very least, I'd think science fiction. But we have a lot of stories that aren't science fiction. So I'm not sure that's our strongest title. Something to think about, at least.

I think my favorite titles so far are:

I Have No Legroom and I Must Read (comedic)
Read Me on the Train
Bonfire of the Indies
Brave New Authors

I have to confess that tidbits is not my favorite word and doesn't ring with positive connotations in my mind. It sounds closer to leftovers than anything else. And I don't think we want to market our stories as leftovers.

We should be careful with the time of our graphic design volunteers. We don't want to exhaust them early. I think we should settle on a title, then scour stock photo and CC-licensed image sources, settle on a photo and then start looking at mockups.

Thanks she-la-ti-da for another mockup btw!

Thanks everyone for voicing your feedback, too!

Please generate more title ideas.
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Yeah, still H

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Just throwing out concepts with a few more cover ideas. Can you tell I'm bored?

     

Not too sure about the last two. They're a little non-fiction-y. I think something abstract like number two would be good, though.
 
 
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I kind of like the last one with the guy blasting off. Hilarious. It stands out. I think we need something that stands out, that shows we put some extra character and creativity into it. Thanks for this!
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I don't think putting a bunch of author names on the front is a good idea. It would be too cluttered.
I second that. Don't need to put my name at the front, just inside and to the author area in the product page.


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I just submitted another story for the anthology under another pen name. This won't throw off the number will it? Are we not having any more submissions? I thought the deadline was August 8. OR is the 30 an approximation?

I like Flash Forward and the guy shooting off as a rocket for the cover.

Don't need my pen names on the front. In the author section is good, unless we have some big names. The NY Bestsellers we put on the front last time because of search reasons, like Hugh Howey. I know I'm just a prawnie striving to be midlist. But it might help to put the bigger names with more pull on the front.


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30 is just a random number. I'm looking forward to reading your submission, thanks.
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After putting my somewhat-lengthy name on the cover in a suitably large font, there might not be room for the title. But I'm OK with that. ;)

But realistically, I'm also in favor of keeping the cover clean by not including all of the authors' names. If we have some bestselling authors in the group (do we?) I would be fine having their name(s) on the front, but my name being there won't "sell" any copies.

OK, now for some title brainstorming, which may or may not be serious...

ZIP - Zesty Indie Prose
Good Stories Come In Small Packages
Imagination Seeds
Flash Fiction Farrago
Compact Tales for Busy Bodies
Fair Trade Fiction: Flash Blend
Short Story Salad (or Stew ...or Gumbo, although that doesn't start with S, so maybe not)
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Thanks Stuart! "Fair Trade Fiction: Flash Blend," hmm that one sounds interesting.
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Hi George. First off, thank you so much for doing this. I'd like to submit a story, but I have a couple of questions first. I see on the submission form that there's a separate place for the author bio and another place for the website link. So now I'd just like to make sure these are both getting placed at the end of the story and not in some "About the Authors" section. Also, if you don't mind, can you give us an updated list of the genres you have so far? I'm just worried my (chick-lit) story will be really out of place in an anthology that's mostly horror or sci-fi.

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Just submitted my Old Rat, New Trick by Lisa Grace comedy sci fi story.
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Thanks Lisa! Looking forward to reading it.
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I can't remember which short I entered. I sent it when Andrew was in charge. Do I need to send it again?

Sorry, but there are so many bundles and promos going on here and elsewhere that the old brainbox is confused. :(


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Hi Geraldine, yes, please see the first post in the thread for how to submit. Thanks and looking forward to reading your story!
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I just submitted the story I wrote when this antho first got going. I look forward to seeing it all come together as I loved being in the first one. I've never used google drive before so let me know if the link doesn't work :D
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Got it, Jennifer. Looking forward to reading it. I requested access to the file.

We're up to 24 submissions now.
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For some reason, when I woke up this morning I had a couple of titles flash into my head---flash, ha-ha, get it? Anyway, I brainstormed a couple more while my mind was still in the mood, and I'll just drop them here:

The Reading Room
Eager Reader
Flash Picks
Flash Fiction Fusion
Short Story Soup (Just noticed this one is similar to Crenel's. Great minds think alike!)
Short Story Synergy
Motley Morsels
Tidbit Tales
Story Snacks
Lunch Break Reads
Time Out Tales
Indie Interlude

I know you don't like the word tidbit, George, and Crenel doesn't think using indie is a good idea, but hey, I like alliteration in titles--which is probably why I liked Flash Forward.  ;D
 
 
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Flash Picks
Flash Fiction Fusion


I like these two :)


Can I just check you received my submission, please George - sent it the first week of July (Victoria DeLuis)?
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