Greetings fellow blogotrons! In today’s post, I desperately need your advice. Intrigued yet? Read on!
As I mentioned in a recent post, my short story The Coin Collector (formerly The Numismatist) has failed to win a place in the Sword & Laser Anthology competition. Tragedy strikes again! Anyhoo, at the suggestion of the lovely Keri Peardon, I have decided to self-publish my short story on Smashwords. Huzzah!
First of all, I’m going to offer the short story for free — as a kind of sampler of my work, in the hopes that people will download the story on a whim, enjoy my writing style, and then seek out other works by me. This process will of course be aided by whatever I stick into the ebook at the end of the story — so, something along the lines of:
Enjoyed the story? Want to read more by Michelle? Check out her debut sci-fi/romance novel, Imminent Danger And How to Fly Straight into It!
Visit https://michelleproulx.com/ for details.
Or something to that effect. That’s what I was going to go with, anyway. Then the lovely Keri Peardon struck again, suggesting that I include an excerpt of Imminent Danger at the end of the short story. Her theory is that as long as I indicate the length of the short story in the ebook description, no one will be upset by a free preview at the end. I’m a bit worried, though, that people won’t read the description, and will just see “4000 words length” and get upset when the story ends about 2000 words before they thought it was going to. Then again, it’ll be a free download, so they really can’t complain, right?
Hmmm … what do you guys think about this? Let me know in the comments, or clicky clicky the poll:
I’ve also got a possible cover design I’ve been messing around with, which I will now share:
What do you guys think? I’m pretty pleased with it. The treasure chest image is from here: http://www.sxc.hu/photo/178312. It’s royalty free (woo!), but I will of course be crediting the photographer (“chancey”) in the front matter of the ebook.
SO! Please let me know your thoughts on:
A) Whether or not I should include an excerpt from Imminent Danger at the end of the short story
B) What you think of the cover design
Thanks oodles! Have a fab Tuesday!
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More people will read the description or be pleasantly surprised by the preview. Nobody counts word amounts while reading, so you’ll be safe.