About the concept
What makes Free-Fiction.com unique in epublishing?
Do you discourage your authors from traditional publication?
Will this cost me anything?
How do you make money giving away books for free?
About the library
Do I need to download a special program to read your books?
How do I switch a KeeBook from two-page mode to full screen reading?
Will I lose my place in the book if I take advantage of one of your
I can't read an entire novel in one sitting. Can I bookmark my
page after each reading?
When I'm done reading, how do I return to Free-Fiction.com pages?
How can I share a great book I've read here with friends?
I love your KeeBook format! Can I make books of my own too?
How do your ratings work? What do the numbers mean?
About our subscription service
Must I subscribe to continue reading your books?
How much does Premium membership cost?
Why bother with a membership service?
What are the benefits?
How does it work?
How do I cancel my subscription?
About submitting work
Where can I get more information about being a Free-Fiction.com
Do you pay writers an advance on their work?
Are you accepting submissions at this time?
What are you submission guidelines?
About assorted other things
Do you have a guestbook?
Will you exchange links with my site?
Free-Fiction.com unique in epublishing?
In short, our focus on reader and author needs, instead of book
To read more about our different approach to epublishing visit our
About Us page, which goes into detail..
discourage your authors from traditional publishing?
Absolutely not! Free-Fiction.com
was created by a writer determined to improve the paying market for herself and fellow
writers. In the past, sites such as ours have been considered as stepping stones to
"real" publication, places to develop a readership or prove a writers
"value" to traditional publishers. We hope to enlarge that view and
create true equity for online writers that will make epublication an honorable goal in
itself; however, we also respect the benefits that traditional publishing offers writers
and readers. Therefore, we encourage our authors to do what is best for themselves
and their work at all times; we actively encourage traditional publishing
and seek to help our authors get a contract if possible. In fact, the
stats we post are meant as an aid to traditional publishers who might want
to track a book's online popularity before offering a contract. We
believe it removes a great deal of the risk factor they usually face in
making such decisions.
Authors retain their rights and may remove their books
from our shelves if they receive a contract requiring it. We ask only for sufficient
time to notify readers who might be reading the story at the time and allow them to
Free-Fiction.com doesn't view itself in
competition to traditional book publishing, which has a long and wonderful history of
uniting authors and the public. Yet, neither do we think of ourselves as its poor,
illegitimate child or a less valuable way to bring readers and writers together. In
fact, we see ourselves more as an alternative to past epublishing methods than to the
traditional paper market. Our goal is to generate a new pride and prestige in
electronic publication by generating author income through innovative
We hope that writers will eventually
see sites like Free-Fiction.com as an honorable and equivalent alternative to the
Will this cost me
Not a penny! All online
Free-Fiction.com novels and short story collections are complete, original and free. You'll never be teased with
sample chapters, then asked to pay to unlock a book or download a file.
We add an average of two new ebooks each month and they are always free.
We do offer a Premium membership service, but that is entirely optional.
You'll never be required to join to find new reading on our site..
How do you make money
giving away books for free?
LOL! We don't--yet..
In the past, we tried ads embedded at the beginning of each chapter in
our books. You'll notice that most of them are gone now. As the
subscription service grows, we will eliminate ads entirely on the site. The
truth is, ads didn't pay much any more. Advertising on the net "bombed
out" right at the time we came online. Most webmasters only get about
20 cents for every thousand ads they present to unique visitors. Add
to that the increasing problem of scumware/spyware used with a lot of online
advertising and you can understand why we recently switched to a
subscription service. We hope that will provide income for the site
and our authors.
However, since we host our own site and do all the work involved without
paid staff, we don't face the same problems as some other epublishing sites
who must make sales to stay alive. We have the freedom to be
innovative, while bringing the best new writers on the net to our growing
Do I need to
download a special program to read your books?
No. All that is required to read a
KeeBook is a web browser. That is one of many reasons we chose the program to display our
books. Click on the link to any book in our library and it will automatically open
into a two page book that contains author info, a clickable table of contents, individual
chapters, ads, a bibliography, and even a search engine.
If you wish to learn more about this
amazing ebook compiler and the many ways it can make communicating on the web easier for
KeeBoo.com and take their tour.
With their KeeBook Creator you can create your own books, produce online albums or
(we like this feature), download books into your private library or email them to friends.
How do I switch a
KeeBook from two-page mode to full-screen reading?
You can alternate between two-page and full
screen mode simply by clicking on the title bar for the page you wish to enlarge or on the
bottom Switch Mode bar. To go back to two-page mode, just click on either bar again.
I can't read an
entire novel in one sitting. Can I bookmark my page after each reading?
We realize that few people read entire
novels at once; even fewer read an entire online novel in one sitting. So, we have set the
KeeBook program to automatically bookmark your place for you. It has a clickable
table of contents to make it easy to resume reading or find a particular chapter as well.
If you wish to change this, click on the Index. On the last page you'll find a
search box and, above it, icons for various options. Chose the gear icon and a
window will pop up that allows you to chose you reading preferences.
Should you accidently close the KeeBook,
don't worry . . . open it again from your History option and you'll see that KeeBook
reopens where you left off!
When I am done
reading, how do I return to Free-Fiction.com pages?
The easiest way is to do a quick double
click on your browser's back button. This will bring you to the last page you viewed
before opening the book, and will open in the same window. You can also go to the
Index and click on the site's link in the bibliography to open a new page and then close
the window for the book. Another neat feature of a KeeBooK is that you open any web
link into a new page by holding the shift key down as you click on it. Find any logo
or link within the book to the Free-Fiction site and you can immediately open a new page
How can I share a
great book I've read here with friends?
Each of our
books has its own "card catalogue" page listing info about the
book, the author, stats, awards it's won, reader testimonials, a rate it
option and a tell-a-friend option. Simply click that option and a pop up
page will open where you can email your friend info on the book.
Incidentally, even without
that easy to use option we provide, most browsers allow you to send interesting
links to friends by email. For instance, with IE 5.5, you would click on File in
your browser menu bar, choose Send, then choose Link By Email. Check the Help option
on your browser if you've never used this function before. We hope it will be one
you use often to let friends know about the great reading, original works you find here!
I love your KeeBook
format. Can I make books of my own ,too?
Sure! Just visit KeeBoo and download their KeeBook Generator. You'll
be making books of your own in minutes using your favorite websites, files from your
hardrive, or family pictures. As an extra bonus, some of our books will be available
to KeeBoo users to add to their graphically beautiful and easy to use KeeBoo Library that
comes with the program!
How do your ratings work? What do the
On each book's page is a list of stats recording how many times each
book is accessed ("off the shelf"), how many pages have been read for
that book, an approximate number of total reads (calculated by dividing
the number of page views by the number of pages in that book). We
then rank the book according to its full book reads.
We hope these stats will help traditional publishers track interesting
books and encourage contracts on our most popular books. The stats
are also used give authors and readers an idea of how well the book has
I subscribe to continue reading your books?
Absolutely not! Our online Free-Fiction books will always be
complete, original, and free to read. We'll continue presenting new
work by new authors as usual. The Premium service is option only,
an addition to our site, not a replacement for the great free reads
you've come to expect.
How much does Premium membership
A lot less than you might think. Only $3.95 per month!
Why a membership service?
Since we opened, we've gotten constant requests for book downloads, but
embedded ads linked to online advertisers was our only method of
recompense for our authors. Offline reading meant the ads were useless.
Over time, we realized that with the drastic drop in CPM rates and
affiliate program problems, the ads were about useless anyway. They didn't
earn enough to maintain the site, let alone pay authors for their hard
work. People frequently offered to pay for downloads to recompense
the authors, but we could not, in good faith, sell an ebook like that.
We are Free-Fiction, after all, and selling ebooks seemed contrary
to our mission statements and goals. We didn't want to change the nature
of the site (free online reading) because that might destroy our readers'
trust (not to mention our own personal sense of integrity). Whatever we
decided, it had to maintain our site integrity.
After a great deal of thought, we decided on an optional, totally
voluntary membership service.
What are the benefits?
As mentioned, the first benefit is the ability to read our books
offline. Each month paid members can receive four of their favorites
in exe format. The file expands into the same KeeBook read online at
We realized the subscription service had to have added value.
Hard to do when you give books away free already--can't beat that for a
reading value! So, in addition, we decided to make our prepared, but
not yet released books available for Advanced Reading. Those who support
the site financially would get to read our free books before others.
We thought that was a nice little touch, but was it enough "value" to
warrant a small monthly fee? maybe, but we weren't sure.
We wanted something really special to repay the readers who might chose
to support us with a monthly subscription. And then it hit us!
To be accepted at Free-Fiction, a writer must be skilled enough in the
writing craft to create the good reads we insist on. Understandably,
most of our authors have writing a long while and had other work available
they wanted to add to the site.
Didn't take us long to realize what a wonderful "added value" we had
available already--Premium ebooks!. Each month paid members get a brand
new, not available elsewhere book by proven Free-Fiction authors they've
read before. Rather than setting up a bookstore to sell books, which
doesn't fit with our site concept or goals, we could give them as a
premium, a thank you to readers who support the site. And this
"extra" that did not detract from our mission to bring new authors to
online readers for free.
While offline reading, advanced reading, and Premium books are all
tangible benefits, there is a less visible one that is just as important
to us--and to readers. As our base of subscribers grows, we will be
able to pay our authors more. And, while we already get an excellent
flow of submissions, we are sure that more very talented, skilled authors
will want to join the Free-Fiction family in the future. And that
means more wonderful free reading for our visitors and more options for
A beautiful, supportive cycle of readers, authors, and website that we
hope may someday spiral out on the net and encourage more sites to do the
same. More authors published, more readers satisfied, lower reading
costs, better payments to authors . . . we like the idea and hope you do,
How does it work?
We have a full description on our
Subscription Service page. Basically, you try our Free Trial offer
for two weeks. If you like it, do nothing. The monthly renewal
is automatic. Click the "subscribe" button, fill in the PayPal info.
Then you'll be taken to the registration page to chose your username and
password. Next you'll be directed to our
Members page where you can make your selections. You can access
that page at any time by logging in at our main page, or by clicking on the
Members option in our bookcase logo.
How do I cancel my membership?
Well, we hope no one ever wants to, but members can cancel at any time by
sending an email to
email@example.com. Include your username and
Members can also cancel through their PayPal account. Sign in, find
the last subscription payment in your history, click on the "completed"
option and you'll be given transaction details about your subscription.
Click on the numerical "In reference to" link at the top, scroll to the
bottom of the page that comes up, and click on cancel account.
Where can I
get more information about being a Free-Fiction.com author?.
Try our Free-Fiction
questions writers would ask will have discussions threads you can easily browse. If
you can't find specifically what you want, post your own question. Either the Editor, one
of her asistants, or another writer will answer you fairly quickly.
Plus, you'll be able to talk to other authors and get their feedback,
something you can't do easily at other sites.
You can also email your
submissions via the Contact Us page under the Submissions listings.
Do you pay writers an
advance on their work?
No, writers do not sell their work to us.
They enter into an agreement to make their work available to readers in exchange
for a share of the revenue generated by the site. All rights
are retained by the writer, who is free to remove work at any time by giving a ten day
notice of intention. We're anticipating that, thanks to our readers willingness to
subscribe for Premium membership, our authors will come to view their
association with Free-Fiction.com as a better deal than any available for writers on the
net. In fact, we're honestly hoping that this will make
publishing on the net a writer's first choice, even before the traditional market, rather
than the "last ditch effort" it is seen as now.
Our authors share 30% of the
site's revenue as long as their work is available. The shelf life of their
book is not dependent on anything other than reader interest.
Do you accept
Yes, we do, for both novels and short story
collections. Submissions should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
What are your
Because we don't face the constraints of
paper publishing, we allow some leeway in novel length. Anything from novella to
large novel can be placed into an ebook. However, lengthy novels should be tightly
edited, without a wasted word. Novellas should include everything a reader wants to
know, no matter how short.
For short story collections, we require a
minimum of six short stories with a unified theme.
Send a well-written, concise query letter
with a short description of your book, a sample chapter or story, and tell us a bit about
yourself and why you think Free-Fiction.com is the right place for your work.
Do you have a guestbook?
Glad you asked that . . . we have a great little guestbook in the form of
a world map on our main page. We have readers and authors from all
over the world and thought this would be a fun way to visually share our
Will you exchange
links with my site?
Yes, if you have an interesting site related
to epublishing, writing or reading. Send the URL to
we'll take a look at your site to decide. We sometimes also add a link
to interesting free reading sites in our newsletter as well.