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 With the unpublished pieces, to produce an ebook that can be offered for sale.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.