March 2, 2015
My 2nd volume of Romantic Short Stories – Romantic Moments Volume 2 – has been released and is available on the following retailers as is Volume 1:
Apple, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Page Foundry, Scribd, and Tolino.
Releasing the second volume was not quite as scary as the first but it is truly just as exciting. I say that, but as I sit here blogging about the new release I have a few knots in my stomach.
Book publishing is scary. It doesn’t matter if I am adding a truth from my life into a story or using my imagination to dream up the event, it is still a part of me I am putting out into the world for others to see.
I like to write stories as the ideas come to me. This means I do not stick to one sub-genre in romance. In each volume there could be stories from different sub-genres but what they all have in common is a Happily Ever After or a Happy For Now ending.
When I first started writing short stories it was suggested to put each up separately for sale. I, as an avid reader, was unsure if I wanted to do that. My idea was to put up approximately 20,000 to 30,000 words at a time. I would bundle my stories in volumes of three or four stories depending on the length of each. (A typical short story is 5,000 to 10,000 words). I wanted to give value to my readers. My volumes are currently priced less than buying each of the 3 or 4 stories separately. If one or two stories in the volume was not exactly the kind the reader usually read, they were still getting value – or maybe a bonus if they tried a different genre and really like it.
The link that would bind the stories would be they are all about possibilities and what if’s, and most importantly they were short reads and could be finished on coffee break, on the ride home on the bus from work, or while sitting waiting for an appointment, etc. A little pick me up, feel good read that could fit in the middle of a hectic day.
I’ve asked quite a few avid readers and a few people in other areas of the industry what they thought of my bundling idea and like authors of all types of stories, I got mixed opinions. Some said to put all the same kind of stories in one volume, others said to go ahead and do it the way I was because they enjoyed reading all the different types of stories.
In all the learning sessions I have attended and all the writing information I have read, the most widely given advice to writers is to choose your “ideal” reader, the one you have in mind to read your stories, and write for them. I believe I have.
I could see an all Christmas or all Valentines volume, etc. in my future, but my next few releases will remain as I have written them.
I thank you for taking the time to read this post and I hope you enjoy reading my short-stories as much as I have enjoyed writing them.