After spending the day thinking the whole notification idea was a lost cause, and no one had signed up, I finally remembered that I set the Mailchimp thing up so my notification of subscribers would come to my laptop, not the desktop I worked on all day. Thanks to all of you who have gone ahead and signed up.
If any of you read the wording in the sign up box to the right you already noticed it says “…and exclusive access to future short stories.” Maybe I need to change that wording to make it more accurate, but last night I decided not to go into the whole idea until I actually had another short story written. I don’t have one written, but since I forgot to delete the short story reference, I’d better explain.
My only short story to date is Rachel’s Eyes. From what I can tell by comments in other places by short story writers, it’s been pretty successful measuring by sales, especially since it’s always been free on my website. The fact is, though, that because a fair price for a short story is low, and that means the Amazon royalty rate is low, I don’t even count the short story sales in with the books. On the reader side, without counting them up, I believe the majority of the relatively few reviews on Amazon and Goodreads say “too short,” even though I have short story in the title and all but up in lights every way I know how.
All of which is to say, in spite of the fact I have a couple of ideas that seem pretty decent to me for additional short stories featuring characters from Eyes of Silver, Eyes of Gold, the incentive to write them has been very low. I have decided that if I write more, they won’t go up on Amazon individually. I’m going to let them gather dust until I have enough to make a collection that isn’t “too short.” In the meantime, I’m going to make them available as they’re finished to those who sign up for new release notification. They’ll be on a password protected page on my website, and notification of the release of the story and the password will go out to those signed up.
So I need to change my wording from “exclusive access” to something that indicates exclusive immediate access but will have to think how to say it for a bit.