READERS

How “flinch-free” are these books?

We know that every reader flinches at different things. Our focus here is to bring you books that have no sex scenes, no graphic violence, and little to no swearing. Please refer to our clean criteria for a more detailed explanation. Generally speaking, though, any books with interviews that do not specify there may be “flinchy” material would be deemed G-rated in content, or at most PG due to mature themes like war or crime.

Is this a Christian book site?

Although we have a large Christian fiction section, this site is non-denominational. Most of the books do not deal with religious themes unless tagged as such.

How do I find something in a specific genre?

The tag cloud of key words lists our genres alphabetically. By clicking on the one you want, it will take you to all the titles that are thus tagged. In many cases, books are tagged with more than one genre, so you’ll have to read the book descriptions to make sure it meets your personal interests. We’ve kept the genres in the tag cloud fairly broad, so, for instance, if you like historical romance, you’d look first to “Romance” and then scan for those with descriptions indicating regency, or old west, etc.

Can I find children’s literature on this site?

Our emphasis is fiction for readers aged 12-ish on up. The books for those in the younger end of the spectrum can be found listed under Middle Grade or MG. We do not carry children’s chapter books or picture books.

How do I buy these books?

Each book listed has a clickable cover picture that will take you to the Amazon.com buy link. Many of these books are also available to read for free through Kindle Unlimited, a Netflix-like program for e-book readers. Kindle books can be read on smart phones with the free Kindle app. If you subscribe to a different ebook provider, please search its website. Not all of our authors publish and distribute their ebooks “wide”.

What does “independent” author mean?

Our authors have chosen to publish these books independently (also known as self-publishing) or they have been published through a small independent press, not one of the huge companies like Puffin, Harpers-Collins, or Random House. As in any industry, we have books that are excellent and some that are sub-par. Our Flinch-Free Fiction authors strive to provide the highest quality possible at an affordable price. Some of them are NY Times, USA Today or Amazon best-sellers who make their full-time living from writing books. Others write books while keeping the “day job”. In some ways, independent authors are to book stores as popular Youtubers are to television. If they’re good enough, they gain a following even without the big bucks of high-profile producers.

 

WRITERS

How do I get featured on the blog?

If you enjoy writing flinch free fiction, we would be pleased to welcome you to the Facebook group of the same name. It is deemed by many of its members as the best author network and writing support group on the web.

 

What if I’m only on Facebook with my private profile, not my author pen name OR if I’m trying to keep my private profile separate from my author page?

You join the FB group with your personal profile. The good news is that many of our authors are in the same boat, so no one will blink. You could introduce yourself and let us know the pen name. It’s also a closed group, so your secret identity wouldn’t be out there for everyone in cyberspace to view, just the fellow authors, who share the same superhero dilemma and are disinclined to unmask you in public. The Flinch-Free Fiction Author Network is like our own little club where we can let our guard down and talk shop about how to write and publish books.

 

Are all authors eligible to join the Flinch-Free Fiction author network?

We do vet each person who requests membership to make sure they (a) really are a writer (whether or not they have published yet), (b) won’t spam us, and (c) write “flinch-free” fiction for people aged about 12 to 120; authors who write exclusively in the genres of erotica, hard core horror, nonfiction, or children’s books will not be admitted.