As many of you know, I recently posted a short story to the Kindle. It's not my first short story ever written (I've been at this game over 20 years). Nor is it my first piece available to the public. That said, it still feels ... weird.
I originally wrote the story, Melinda, with the intent on getting it published in a magazine or on a site that actually pays for pieces. It's a horror story, so that limits the audience, and then there's the whole thing about getting paid. Anyone who has written for a magazine knows that it can take months before you see a check. (In the case of UFO Magazine it took about a year or so.) That's when I started to look into the Kindle.
I don't own a Kindle. I'm not into eReaders. Publishing to it, however, was a different ballgame. The royalties were amazing, and I retain the important rights. I can yank the story at any time and try to get it published elsewhere. The only question remaining was: Why not do it?
Because I don't have a Kindle and don't like eReaders. It seems fair enough. Why write for a medium I don't use? In the end it came down to wanting to eliminate the middleman and wanting the piece available to the public. I wrote it so people would read it, and publishing to Kindle let's people read it. In fact, I liked the experience so much that I'll be posting more. (Whether or not anyone buys it is another story all together.)
I still don't want a Kindle, but the idea that a short story is out there that I would have had to shop around, wait for answer, wait for payment on, and get less than I could possibly get through Kindle is rather unappealing to me at this point. With a magazine, I get a flat check. It doesn't matter how many copies sell. That can be good and bad, but with Kindle, it's all about what sells. I posted the story for .99. A steal, really. A disposable price. It's not that I value the story so little, it's that I think that is the price it will move at. When I post a novel, I'll go higher up on the price tier, but I still won't go too high. I want people to read it. I want them to enjoy it. The easiest way to do that is by controlling the price ... and Kindle lets me do that, too. When I wrote my poker book, my publisher overpriced it (it still sells, however), and I think that killed sales. With Kindle, I have no such problem.
The story is out there. Read it if you'd like. Ignore it if you will. It is there regardless. And soon there will be more. It wasn't an easy decision, but I'm sure it was a smart one.
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