Publishing short stories
Today’s faff, then, has been all about re-publishing standalone short e-stories.
Once upon a time, I discovered CreateSpace, a wonderful self-publishing tool from Amazon. The best thing about it, for me, was the cover creator. Every single book I thought of writing, as it went into the ideas and drafting stages, was given a spot (and a cover) in my CreateSpace.
Series all looked the same (I think they call it “branding”), and there was more than one series, each series with its own look (or brand).
I was on a roll.
And then CreateSpace folded into Kindle Direct Publishing.
For the record, KDP isn’t a patch on Create Space, and the so-called cover creator is woefully lacking. (In my opinion.) And anyway, I don’t like to keep all of my eggs in one basket, and so I started to take my self-published books elsewhere.
However, I did have a few short stories on Kindle. They all appear in Twee Tales, but they were also available as standalone e-stories.
I hated the covers. Detested them. So much so that I think I only left them “live” for a very short period of time, possibly less than a month. And then I stopped publishing on KDP.
Recently, two things happened. 1. KDP released a new ebook creator that you can download, and 2. I found out how to use Canva and bought a pro licence.
So I thought I’d update the e-stories, adding the new Baggins Bottom Books logo and updating the “catch up with the author” page at the end. And I created new covers for each of the 3 e-stories already on there and 2 that aren’t (yet).
It took me all day, but I got there in the end, and now the following 3 e-stories are all available for 79p in the UK and 99c in the US. (I chose all the 99s throughout, where I could, but I wanted them to be the cheapest price in the UK and we can’t set them to 49p or even zero.) OR you can get the anthology for £3.49 and $3.99. Unfortunately, these standalone e-stories are only available on Amazon Kindle, but the anthology is available in several formats.
And then I created a new page on the blog that’s dedicated to just short stories. You can access it here or via the menu.
I won’t be keeping everything on Amazon Kindle as I find them to be quite restricting and they can do so much to affect a writer’s career on a whim, it seems (such as blanket remove book reviews or books, suspend accounts, and even books you’ve already paid for as a customer have been known to vanish off readers’ accounts).
As I add more e-stories to Kindle, I’ll add details on the short stories page. I’ll also add Twee Tales Too when it’s available, and a link to the paperback for Twee Tales when that’s available. Every once in a while, I’ll also publish a short story to this page.
Here, then, are the links:
I hope you like the new covers, but I also hope you enjoy the stories. (Bear in mind that they might still be updating, so perhaps wait a day.)