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Speedster, a Short Story Available as a $0.99 eBook

Speedster- A Short StorySo, I’ve actually been trying to get into self-publishing some short stories (and maybe eventually some novels) as ebooks for a while now, after after some hiccups, I finally have my first ebook release. It’s a 3400 word short story blending science-fiction, superhero fiction, and noir, available for Amazon Kindle.

“Allison Nells knew her brother Jake was on speedster, a highly-addictive drug that gives the user inhuman speed. She knew it was only a matter of time before Superhuman Narcotics hauled her in for questioning.

She just didn’t expect them to accuse him of murder.

Now, faced with the knowledge that Jake may be a killer as well as a drug user, Allison must figure out what to do. But if Jake is as dangerous as the agents believe, her life may be the next one in peril…”

I put a lot of work into this short story. I want to do a lot more ebook releases, but I want to see how well this does first to give me an idea of whether I should go that route. If this seems like something you’d enjoy, please check it out. If you enjoy it, please help me spread the word and consider posting a review.

Also, I just want to note the cover was done by Carl Graves, who I highly recommend to anyone who wants professionally done cover art.

Speedster is available for $0.99 as an Amazon Kindle ebook.

It’s Good to Have Friends

So sometimes you’re helped out in ways you don’t really expect.

Since my last post, I’ve been considering putting one of my short stories on Amazon’s self-publishing platform and selling it for 99 cents a download. I’ve been trying to send this short story to different publications for months now, but it hadn’t been accepted. The story is called “Speedster,” which is sort of a dark superhero story about a normal girl whose brother is wanted for murder and is addicted to a drug that gives the user superhuman speed. It takes place in a world where using something that gives you superpowers is not only frowned upon by almost everyone, but also dangerous and addictive to the user. I really liked the story and thankfully so did most of the beta readers, so I thought this would be a good way to put it out there and see how well it would do.

I used to avoid letting anyone but my closest friends know I write a lot, which admittedly doesn’t make a lot of sense since my whole goal in life it to have a lot of people read and enjoy my stories. I’ve been trying to be more open about it to hopefully have more people read my work once I make it available for people. So I posted on Twitter and Facebook asking if people would be interested in a story I put out. The first person to respond was Mike, one of my managers at work. He was very supportive about putting the story on Amazon and seemed interested in the idea. It was pretty encouraging on its own, but what I didn’t expect was what happened the next day.

The next day, both Mike and I happened to be working and, unbeknownst to me, Mike let a lot of people at work know about what I was doing. Normally this would be the kind of thing I’d feel embarrassed about, but this wasn’t the case. I really didn’t expect the reaction I got. Pretty much everyone in the store who heard about it was asking me what the story was about and all seemed very supportive. Most of them said they would download it once I put it out. As an author who has never been published so far, this was very encouraging. It was honestly touching. I was secretly afraid that once I published the short story, nobody would buy it or care. Now at least I know quite a few of the people I work with will read it.

So, if anyone from my work is reading this, I just want to thank you guys for the reaction. Especially Mike for helping spread the word the way he did.

I want to return the favor a bit. Mike is the front man for a band called Mikey Rukus. Its actually a pretty badass band. They’ve done a bunch of custom entrance music for mixed martial arts fighters and lots of other songs as well. You can check out his songs for free on his soundclick page, but if you enjoy it, I do urge you to purchase his music as well. So yeah, check it out. It’s all good stuff.

Anyway, I’ll keep you guys posted for when I roll out the short story on Amazon. Right now I’m working with one of my friends to get cover art for it, so I’m hoping to be able to get that straightened out very soon. As soon as its ready, I’ll be sure to let all you guys know. Thanks again for all the support.

On Self-Publishing

March 19, 2011 3 comments

I’ve been reading a lot of stuff about self-publishing lately.

I’ve always wanted to be a writer and I’ve been serious enough about it that I’ve read about how traditional publishing works. Until recently, I never even considered self-publishing an option if I wanted to be a serious author. As far as I knew, self-publishing was something people did when they couldn’t have real publishers.

Over the past few days, I realized that view was ignorant of the way things are going. A good writing podcast I follow called Writing Excuses recently had an episode about epublishing, centering around publishing online. After I saw this, I started to get curious and I read up on the issue. To my surprise, not only is self-publishing becoming a reasonable channel to reach readers, but many have already been quite successful at it and likely made more than they would if going through traditional publishing. JA Konrath has a very informative blog dedicated to talking about this, after he proclaimed he made more money self-publishing than he did when he was published traditionally. Other authors, such as Amanda Hocking and Wil Wheaton, have had a lot of success with publishing their work online.

Mind you, this doesn’t mean every author who self-publishes is going to make money (in fact, most don’t because sadly most of the stuff people do publishing online really isn’t that good). However, it does seem like self-publishing might not be a bad idea for writers who have talent and work hard to tell a good story and revise their work into something presentable. It’s definitely something I’ve been thinking a lot about. I’m currently working on a novel and was fully prepared to spend a long time trying to get it published after I finished and revised it. After reading all this, I still intend to make it presentable but I’ve considered trying to publish it myself on Amazon. Amazon allows people to publish their work as a digital download (priced anywhere from .99 to 3.99) and the author gets 70% of each sale in the US (35% for each sale everywhere else). Compared to the 15% royalties authors usually get, that’s not bad at all. Not to mention that most people wouldn’t mind as much spending only 99 cents on a book. I haven’t made a firm decision on whether I’ll attempt this with my novel (it’s too early to think about that anyway since it’ll be a while before it’s finished and revised), but I think I might experiment with it by putting a short story on amazon for 99 cents.

Self-publishing seems like it might be a smart way to distribute short stories considering most publications now pay very little for short stories. Selling a short story for 99 cents doesn’t seem unreasonable. I’m seriously considering putting a short story up and talking it up just to see how many would read it and how well it would do. I don’t expect to make any substantial amount of money from a short story, but it would be a nice experiment and I certainly am anxious to see how it would do.

Anyway, I just wanted to share my thoughts on self publishing. Anyone whose interested should definitely check out the links in this post since they have of good info about it.

Now I should probably get back to working on that novel. Until next time…