Sorry About the Quiet

Everything’s been a little nuts lately, and a few things have been sliding – including this poor blog and its @onlinefiction account!

On the bright side, we’re back in action, and there’ll be a new poll up soon. 😀

07/10/2009 at 2:06 pm 1 comment

Poll Results – Free Ebooks July 2009


A big round of applause to KEPT, by Zoe Winters (or should that be ‘to Zoe, author of KEPT’?). 🙂

29/07/2009 at 9:44 am 1 comment

Free Ebooks Poll – July 2009

I waited a while to make sure I gave people time to nominate favourite downloadable, free ebooks. So here’s the list, in alphabetical order, with links to download sites, in case you want to read all of them before voting:

Alexandra (various formats), by Declan Stanley
DEAD(ish) (various formats), by Naomi Kramer
Ghost of the Black: A ‘Verse Full of Scum (various formats), by Alan Baxter
Kept (various formats), by Zoe Winters
Last of the Good Guys (PDF), by Mark Irwin
Little Brother (various formats), by Cory Doctorow
Mortal Ghost (PDF), by L Lee Lowe
Waiting for Spring (PDF), by RJ Keller


As per usual on FFO, you can vote for multiple contenders – but you only have one voting opportunity per poll.



Got something to say about one of these ebooks? Submit via the Contact Naomi form, or DM on twitter, a review in one of these formats:

  • Microreview – Under 140 chars, for broadcast on twitter by @onlinefiction
  • Traditional – One or more paragraphs about the ebook, and your impressions, thoughts etc, to be published here on Free Fiction Online.

Have fun! 🙂

14/07/2009 at 4:41 pm 5 comments and Ratings!

I noticed the other day that one of my blogs had a new section in its dashboard –



If you’re using a free blog, you can now allow readers to rate your stories/episodes/chapters (or anything else, for that matter) as they read. Ratings may be enabled for blog posts and/or pages, which is useful for anyone who uses pages for their stories.

To see what ratings are being given, you can click on Reports, and see something like this:


Pretty, no?

I’ve been hankering after this feature on Nomesque Fiction for a while now, so it’s nice to have it finally appear!

07/07/2009 at 1:20 pm 2 comments

Question About @onlinefiction

I’ve been thinking.

The @onlinefiction twitter account repeats links every 2-3 days, and for some users it’s gotta be ridiculously boring to see the same links over and over again.

So – I’m wondering if maybe I should diversify a little, and run a new twitter account solely for NEW listings and updates, content changed weekly.

What do you think?

01/07/2009 at 6:48 am 1 comment

Ebook Poll Coming Soon!!

The next Free Fiction Online Poll will be for free, downloadable ebooks.

I’d love some suggestions, because at the moment I have only 6 listed.

My criteria are few, and I think relatively fair –

  • Must be available in .pdf, .epub and/or .txt format
  • Must be absolutely free to download
  • Must be possible to link directly to a downloadable file from this site
  • Must not be part of a series of which some books must be paid for

Size doesn’t matter too much, although perhaps a 1000-word minimum would be sensible?

30/06/2009 at 3:35 pm 1 comment

June 2009 Poll Results

This poll gathered exactly 200 votes, from approximately (sadly, my results don’t give me the exact info) 100 voters.

The top five free fiction sites for June 2009 were:

An Intimate History of the Greater Kingdom (28 votes)
Children of the Apocalypse (24 votes)
Flawnt (21 votes)
Tales of MU (16 votes)
Chatoyant College (15 votes)

Well done, peeps! 😀

30/06/2009 at 2:17 pm 3 comments

New Feature – Twitter Updates!!

It took me weeks of thinking, but I’ve worked it out.

From today onwards, my @onlinefiction twitter account will be publicising new episodes, chapters and stories on sites which it is already publicising.

If you’re the owner of one of these sites/serials, keep reading before you get too excited!

There are a couple of provisos on this free – note, free, so no complaining! – service.

  1. Your site must offer an RSS feed.
  2. I must know about the RSS feed, or it must be easily findable on your site.
  3. DON’T expect me to manually include updates which you tweet or email me about, or add to comments. That’s far too much work. I may occasionally include things manually out of the goodness of my heart. My choice.

If your site meets those conditions, then chances are that the feed is already included in my wonderful new (and hopefully not inherently stuffed) Yahoo pipe thingy which has aggregated everyone’s RSS feed into one stream of new article titles in my feed reader. I use this stream of titles to produce a list of updates made in the last 48 hours, create tweets, stick them in a text file, and upload it to TweetLater to be auto-tweeted.

So, in theory, @onlinefiction will be tweeting about updated serial and short fiction each day, and the content of those tweets will change every couple of days.

Actuality may be a little different.

If anyone’s feed producer is lagging, I might not get information about an update until it’s ‘old’ and it may pass straight under my radar.

If I’ve set this Yahoo pipe up incorrectly, the whole thing could go belly-up.

If I get sick, or busy, updates may cease for a while – because while I’ve organised it to be as automated as is humanly sensible, there’s still 15-20 minutes work per day in it.

In other words, don’t expect anything too wonderful and whizz-bang, OK? Because this is being run by the same green-haired ditz who still has a backlog of sites to include in the listings, and still needs to add those listings to this blog, among other things. This new initiative is bound to have its imperfections.

23/06/2009 at 4:09 pm 7 comments

Online Fiction Poll – June 2009

I decided to go with the same format as last time – every fiction site I have on my list, with ebooks included but short stories and fiction directories excluded. The polls will eventually vary, to allow you to vote for fave short story, fave serial, etc – but I don’t have enough listings in each category yet.

Keep in mind that you can vote for more than one site. Tick all your favourites, if you like. But you only get one chance to vote in each poll – if you come back later and try to add a couple of sites to your vote, it won’t work.

The poll for June 2009 is now closed – results posted soon!

11/06/2009 at 2:38 pm 1 comment


I’m a little out of the loop at the moment.

Work is long-houred, home internet is dead, and there’s not enough coffee in the office.

So if you’ve submitted a site to me – either on here or via twitter – please have patience. I need to go through my backlog with a fine-toothed comb and pick up all the ones I missed during my quick sweep yesterday.

By the way, if the @onlinefiction twitter account has been promoting your fiction site, and you think your traffic has increased as a result, I’d LOVE to hear about it. Or if you’re a reader who’s found some awesome online fiction via the promotions. My main aim is to bring together the writers and the readers, so it’s always nice to know if it’s working 😉

10/06/2009 at 10:16 am Leave a comment

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