Friday Flash, or #FridayFlash if you prefer, is heading into its fifth year as an online writing community. Over the course of the past four years we have accomplished a lot, or more accurately, YOU have accomplished a lot. For it is the members of the community who struggle week in and week out with their muses to live and grow as writers. As writers you have gone on to win major awards, produce short story collections, novellas, novels, and even successful series, both via self-publishing and traditional means. Some of you have become editors, and even publishers in your own right. As an organization we have published two collections of your works: The Best of Friday Flash – Volume One, and The Best of Friday Flash – Volume Two, known affectionately as BOFF1 and 2.
Therein lies the question.
While BOFF 1 and 2 are not huge market successes, they do in fact earn a little money. I am keenly aware that this is not my money, but belongs to the Friday Flash community as a whole. As a community we need to decide what to do with it.
It has been suggested that the money be plowed back into FFDO to keep it running. I want to take that proposal off the table right now. First off, due to our excellent volunteer staff, the costs of maintaining FFDO are minimal and I can easily front the costs. Second off, it smells bad – too much like we’re running a vanity press here to earn money off you guys for our own self-aggrandizement.
I propose we donate any and all profits from the sales of BOFF 1 and 2 annually to some not-for-profit writing or literacy program of the community’s choosing. We will accept nominations for worthy causes in the comments below. Then we’ll put together a poll and let you all vote on where the money should go. We can do this each year, as part of our birthday celebrations.
So put on your thinking caps, and nominate worthy reading and writing related non-profits. We’ll put your money to good use. And thank you all again for participating in #FridayFlash.