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Publishing a short story on Amazon
« on: June 17, 2018, 10:31:51 PM »
Hi people
What are your thoughts on publishing a 3k short on Amazon just to get started..?
I have a sequel to a 'trad' published debut novel in the editing process and am trying to get my rights back on the first book for greater control of the series...and ideas a plenty for other work.
But I'm itching to publish something and have a few short stories I could use.
Michael Anderle talks about doing it to get really focused.
I just wondered if anyone had done it here?!!!
Thanks very much for your time,
Sheena.

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Re: Publishing a short story on Amazon
« Reply #1 on: June 17, 2018, 10:54:05 PM »
I did it with a short story that I wrote for a class at the U, just to get some practice putting the file together and publishing something. It certainly didn't hurt anything, and it's made me about a hundred bucks, so it was worth it.
     

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Re: Publishing a short story on Amazon
« Reply #2 on: June 17, 2018, 11:07:10 PM »
Yes, that's how I started in 2011. I put up three shorts, all of which are still there. Nowadays they're freebies to hook people in.

It was a good way to experience the KDP publishing process. Not too much at stake.


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Re: Publishing a short story on Amazon
« Reply #3 on: June 17, 2018, 11:30:39 PM »
Yes. I started with previously published shorts that had reverted, and moved on to occasional originals. It's a good way to learn the ropes before moving on to novels where launches are more important.
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Re: Publishing a short story on Amazon
« Reply #4 on: June 17, 2018, 11:41:46 PM »
Thank you everyone!

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Re: Publishing a short story on Amazon
« Reply #5 on: June 18, 2018, 01:26:31 AM »
In some genres they will sell better than others -- so be forewarned.

I co-wrote two shorts with another author when we started out and they have sold maybe 8 copies in four years.

My own fiction tends to range between short and novella, and does reasonably well. But it's in a genre where that is more the norm.

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Re: Publishing a short story on Amazon
« Reply #6 on: June 18, 2018, 03:24:34 AM »
I have 3 shorts that haven't done very well (so far) & as I thought they were too short to publish in a paperback, I put all 3 of them in one book as well.

My other shorts are collections (3 stories & 20 stories)

Even if they don't do much for a loooooong time, there's still the possibility of being found & enjoyed in future.

If you don't do it, nobody can find & enjoy it :)

I say go for it.

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Re: Publishing a short story on Amazon
« Reply #7 on: June 18, 2018, 03:49:49 AM »
People tend to not buy them, outside of erotica. Some writers can sell shorts, but it's not anything that's going to get you more than pocket change, and since there isn't enough interest in them, it certain won't build your fan base. There are exceptions, but even collections barely make a blip.

As to practicing how to format and upload a file and all that, yeah. It gives you some practice, so as long as you don't expect to be some breakout short story writer, there's nothing involved but time (and covers, and editing and formatting if you can't do it yourself).
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