Two Ideas For The Future…

Steve has been contemplating two ideas for the future.  They’re quite simple and the first is obviously not uncommon.  The second is one where there is greater uncertainty.

First, then. To take the short stories that have already been published and add to them.  With the unpublished pieces, to produce an ebook that can be offered for sale.  This idea has two options.  In one, each short story that’s already been offered for free would be the only published piece included in a themed anthology.  In the other, all the published pieces would be in one anthology, which wouldn’t have a theme, other than being a showcase.

Second.  To take selected posts from this blog and bring them together into an ebook.  This could be just those posts or a combination of the posts and some kind of commentary, hopefully bringing the posts together in a sensible way.  This is not quite as easy and would probably involve quite a bit of work.  The final ebook would be offered for sale at a fairly low cost.

It has always been Steve’s intention to release longer works at a price.  At the outset, this meant novels.  Having spent the better part of 2012 working hard at providing thoughtful posts for this blog, writing short stories and creating his novel, however, it has become clear that a better balance has to be found between free and priced works.  The effort involved in any writing is considerable and deserves to be fairly rewarded, as we’re sure you will agree.  Finding the right balance isn’t easy, however.

We would be interested in hearing from all our readers, and Steve’s readers, as to how you think things should proceed.  If you have any thoughts on the ideas, or other options, please feel free to leave a comment against this post.

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About Steve

An author since the age of 13 years, writing again dominates my activities. My "Imagineer-ing" blog is my primary site. Also: Beginner knitter since November 2010. Favourite knitting techniques: cable and lace. Beginner cross stitcher. Beginner jewellery maker. With the promotion of self publication and all the other work that has been going on here, Dad decided around 2am this morning (22/11/2013) that it was time to begin his next adventure. He was seen off earlier the previous evening by myself, my brother, my sister in law, and my sister, as well as his wife (our mum), and an enigmatic being known only as A Lorraine. After this time of story telling, laughing, crying, joking and mickey taking, we saw how tired both mum and dad were, and we decided to leave them under the (sometimes) gentle care of The Lorraine. When Dad found the timetable for his travels, he let Mum know gently, which woke her from her drowsing, then, with the same gentleness he showed in this universe, he boarded his favourite mode of transport, the Interdimensional Steam Train, and set off with a smile and a wave. For those of us closest, that smile was a reminder that his pain has ended, and the wave, an indicator that he will pop in to all those that knew him, from time to time. Usually at the most inconvenient and in opportune moments he can. While we are sad that he is no longer here, we are happy he now has no pain, and is experiencing more extraordinary things that his writers mind will be frantically weaving into a new story. Posted by Son Damien

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