(sorry … broke my own meme by not having a song lyric as a title, but I can’t think of one right now :))
I spent some time yesterday whilst waiting for my landlady to show up researching anthology submission requests. What I found was 1) a lot of people looking for stories for non-profit anthologies and 2) the odd e-book publisher thoughtfully offering a whole 50% of profits. Hey, fellas, got some news for you — I can not make money on my own. Really.
So in addition to my commitment to the Clan of the Flying Pens (about to undergo a name change since it appears we’ve lost a couple of participants), and my ideas for Shawn Riddle’s Civil War horror anthology, Jeremy Shipp’s short-short anthology and Jim Bronyaur’s animal horror anthology, I am going to sit down and look at my current story inventory, kick the tires on some ideas that have come to mind (that don’t fit any of the above — those stories are “written” in my mind anyway) and winnow things down to my best 16 pieces. I have a title, an image for my cover — gonna see if my graphic design degree is worth the paper it’s printed on and the Smashwords guide.
So, to any of my fellow writers who read this:
1. Is/Are 16 stories enough?
2. If you’ve done your own e-book, did you use Smashwords to create your ebook? Was it a good choice?
3. If you’ve done your own e-book, how much did you charge? And where did you sell it, other than Smashwords/Amazon?
4. When I’m done, could I coax you to read through the book to see if there are any weak spots?
Thank you. I hope to hear from the experts who have blazed this territory before me. 🙂