EV: Out of the blue, a rockin dude by the name of Ben Erlichman contacted me via facebook about being a part of the second issue of Splickety Magazine, a new mag still in its infancy but ready to take the world by storm with pulse-pounding awesome flash fiction. I had the opportunity to submit an excerpt from my thriller The Forsaken in its most recent issue, and Ben has just been a great guy to work with. Not to mention, the magazine looks great! I am both proud of what he’s done and proud to have been a part of it, especially in its beginning. So, I invited Ben on here for a cool Q and A. He talks about life, the need to flash us…I mean, the need for flash fiction, and how writers can get involved. Enjoy!
Why a magazine like Splickety?
What’s your vision for Splickety’s future?
In addition to that, we are in hot pursuit of subscribers for both our digital and print versions of Splickety. My Book Therapy (www.mybooktherapy.com) is running a promotion right now where if you subscribe to the MBT blog, you get our newest issue for free. The second part of that promo is that if you buy an annual subscription to Splickety ($7.50 -digital, $24.95 – print, $29.95 – both) then we will send you the latest digital issues of our three other magazines: Harpstring, Other Sheep, and Starsongs.
In short, we need quick, clean, poignant stories that have a beginning, a middle, and an end. They have to have developed characters and conflict. If you can mesh all of that together in a cohesive way, you’ve got a good shot at being published by Splickety.
Andrew Winch is a recent friend who seems more like an old one, even though we met not even a year ago at the ACFW Conference in St. Louis. After editing two issues myself, I realized that I needed help and that, frankly, it was taking too much of my time. I need all the time I can get these days, so I asked Andrew to serve as our Senior Editor. He handles all acquisitions, editing, proofreading (which I help with), and rejections. That’s easily 1/3 of what we do at Splickety, so it’s a relief that he does those things so I can focus on growing our readership.
As for me, well, I’m 26 and I live in Wisconsin just north of Milwaukee. I’m married to my beautiful wife Ashley, I have a new baby named Liam (who is sooo cute), and when I’m not Splicketeering I’m sword-fighting, shooting guns (at the range), playing church-league sports, and writing. I have a full-time day job, a burgeoning writing career, a family, and a church youth group to juggle, so life is always interesting and rarely not busy. That’s just the way I like it, though.
EV: Thank you, Ben, for a rockin interview. Now, any writer out there who’s thinking about submitting…go polish your stuff and read the sub guidelines. The next issue could feature YOU!
Life is short. Spread the fuego!
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