Wednesday, February 4, 2015
IWSG: tell me what you think about short stories!
This is a monthly event started by the awesome Alex J. Cavanaugh and organized by the Insecure Writer's Support Group. Click here to find out more about the group and sign up for the next event.
Wow! I usually have my monthly IWSG post ready way ahead of time, but this time it almost slipped out of my mind. So, let me share my newest insecurities: the release date of my next book, Immunity, just got bumped up from April 7 to February 23! Eek, that's less than 3 weeks away! So, yeah, I'm excited, thrilled and veeeeery nervous. The requests for ARCs have been coming in steadily, another reason to be excited and nervous all at the same time.
In terms of marketing, I've been pondering a lot about short stories. I have quite a few I want to push out, and I believe they make a great marketing tool. I don't want to ever give away my full-length novels for free, but I could do that with the shorts and gain a few more readers. The real question, for me, is: is it best to release each short story separately or all together in a short anthology?
Releasing them one at the time may bring in more bucks, but it's also a lot more work in terms of covers to make, formatting, and promotion. Also, I wonder: would people get annoyed at me for putting out so much scattered stuff? Also, if they don't like the one story, I get a bad review, but if I have a collection and they don't like one but appreciate the rest, I might still get a nice review.
What do you guys think? How do you feel about short stories?