Fumbling Through Friday

MysteryBookCover.pngMy Conscience Is Being Difficult

I have been considering what to do about the short stories in my Thief series.  These have been available for free download for a considerable length of time, now.  I have, however, been considering withdrawing them from the list of free ebooks I have out there.  If I did so, I would place all of them in a single, omnibus, volume, possibly with the title The Thief of Ur’gavan.  This would allow something that I don’t think is viable while they are just short stories: release in paperback!  Obviously, there’s absolutely no way that I could do that for free!  So, that leaves me with something of a dilemma.  Literally hundreds of copies of the five short story ebooks have been downloaded, and by most accounts, those who could be bothered to provide feedback thoroughly enjoyed the stories.  Is it, however, right to now withdraw them with so many copies already out there, and release in both ebook and paperback, but at a price?

I know that many authors release books as free for limited periods, to attract attention, and maybe hoping for some extra, unsolicited reviews.  Some others release the first book in a series for free and hope they’ve done a good enough job that readers will go on to buy the rest.  Finally, and something I generally dislike (especially when what’s being done isn’t made clear, some authors release an excerpt of a book as if it were a book in its own right, almost, and hope the reader will then go on to buy the full book (and no, I don’t mean the previews that places like Amazon and Smashwords provide for prospective buyers!).  I, however, am proposing the complete removal of all the Thief freebies, to be rereleased as a purchasable book, and that after an extended period of the individual stories being available for free, though only in ebook form.

I’d be very interested in your views on the idea.  At the moment, I am aiming at 1st October as the date for withdrawal of the free books and 1st November  as the release date of the single volume.

Another Wonderful Interview!

Yes, it seems that people are still keen to interview me for their blogs, even though my writing career can hardly be said to have been stellar in its success so far!  The latest is the very kind Janice Spina, on her blog jemsbooks.  Please do me the favour, if you will, of popping on over and taking a look at the interview, and maybe leave some feedback for Janice.  And while you’re there, you really would benefit by having a good browse!

Unpredictable Health Issues Running Interference

I hate banging on about anything.  Doing so about myself, personal issues and my health come very high on the most hated of the whole thing!  Such things make me sound self-obsessed, a personality trait which I find vile.  Unfortunately, if I am to be fair to those I have even loose commitments to, I must sometimes post such matters.  It is the current situation that my health issues have become totally unpredictable, with such rapid shifts that I don’t know what to expect from moment to moment.  I may start the day reasonably energetic, answering messages and asking questions, only to then hit a wall and find myself unable to respond to even the simplest communication.  So if I seem to switch from being active online to being utterly silent, I apologise but the whole thing is completely out of my hands.  Rest assured, I am just as frustrated as any, as it also impacts on my writing activity!  Indeed, there are days when I can get through things online but be unable to focus well enough to do any writing.  All I can do is to ask for your patience and understanding.

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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

11 thoughts on “Fumbling Through Friday

  1. I think you are right to publish the short stories in a book for sale Steve, those who have already downloaded the free versions may not wish to buy the new book, but there are others who will!

    Don’t forget, there’s a whole new generation of readers born and coming of age every day.

    I would, however, advise that the new book is also available in eBook format, since these new readers are more likely to read them on some device or other 🙂

    • Thanks 🙂 I thought about that, but so far I’ve not been able to get a story to work 😦 I’d certainly prefer to add at least one to the series but even my notes haven’t helped trigger anything…

      • Aaah. Then how about expanding one or two of the stories?

        I wanted to publish a small book of shorts as well but they felt /too/ short. Like you I couldn’t think of a new story that would fit. And then as I was re-reading the existing stories it suddenly hit me that I’d compressed at least two of the stories in order to make it fit a certain wordcount. Once that insight sank in I suddenly saw how to provide some new-ish content and still keep the feel of the over-arching themes.

      • Good thinking 🙂 I may well have a look at the stories and see if some substantial additions can be made without spoiling the rhythm of them 🙂 Thanks for the idea! 😀

  2. It sounds like a great idea.
    If you are getting regular downloads of all the free stories, how about taking some of the stories off free now, but adding something to the blurb of the others to let readers know that there is a compendium coming soon – if they are new to your short stories they might be more than willing to buy the book to read the rest, but if they still are all available for free until publication date you may be giving away potential sales.

    • Thanks Mel 🙂

      I guess I could withdraw some, perhaps leave two of the five for the time being. I hadn’t thought of that option 😉 Or the fact that leaving them now represents possible lost sales later…

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