After a lot of thought, I took the plunge. I did it. I decided that I would publish $0.99 Kindle editions of the free short stories that I post here on the blog. (Kindle Direct Publishing puts them on both the US and UK stores, too!)
I’ve considered doing this for a while, but never really felt like the time was right. Something always keeps me from posting fiction to my blog for one reason or another, and I have recently decided to change that. I want people to read my stuff.
On top of that, I’ve been reading around the blogosphere about how more than a few people are using cheap short stories as a way to build exposure and have more products available online. Their underlying message is typically something like “My main regret is that I didn’t do it sooner.”
So I figured that since I’m looking at getting my novel on the Kindle Store by the end of the year, I need to be as familiar with the platform as I can be.What have I got to lose?
In general, though, I’ve gotten mixed feedback from readers I’ve spoken with about the monetary worth of a short story. Some people said that a buck was a great price for a short, while others wouldn’t pay that for anything less than novella-length works I decided to split it down the middle. I will post every short story for free on my blog as well as for $0.99 on Amazon. (At least for the foreseeable future, as I have plans for ebook-only collections with particular stories.) That way, those who want to purchase shorts for their Kindles can, and those who want the exact same juju for free can get it, too. Win-win, right?
Eventually, I’ll compile the various stories I publish online into a couple of collections, throw a few new, exclusive stories into each one, and publish them as separate ebooks on the Kindle Store for $2.99.
Does this mean I’m giving up on submitting my stories to paying markets? Not at all! I have multiple stories out right now to various publications, and I intend to write a couple of more shorts and submit them before summer starts. So we’ll see how it goes.
In case you’re interested, I’ll toss the links for the two short stories I have on Kindle at the bottom of this post. And if you’re extra kind, you can write up a quick review of what you thought about the story (whether you read it here or there) and rate my fiction on Amazon, too. I’d really appreciate it.
Anyone else have experience with Kindle short story publishing they want to share?