My latest short story "The Night the Lights Came On"

Thursday, January 4, 2018

My Short Stories are No Longer Free and Here's Why

You can still read them all for free at Wattpad, but at all the retailers they're no longer free. I'm following the advice of an author who knows what he's talking about. Thanks to a fellow author and podcaster, Indiana Jim, I found an amazing veteran author with some writing and publishing advice that has been blowing my mind. That man is Dean Wesley Smith. If you're a writer, you need to go read his blog posts called "Killing the Sacred Cows of Publishing." Better yet by the book (Killing the Top Ten Sacred Cows of Publishing: A WMG Writer's Guide) and support him for sharing his wisdom with us from decades of doing this. The things he shares will rock your world! He has a lot of advice that goes very much against what you hear from most writers and English teachers. You know what though? He's been making a living writing fiction for decades so he knows what he's talking about. One of the things he says is that offering your work for free, other than for short times during promotions, is a bad idea. He says that we should value our writing. Here are his suggestions on eBook pricing:

  • Under 3,000 words, 99 cents or $1.99. I would favor the $1.99 to stay out of the trash pile.
  • Over 3,000 words, $2.99
  • Over 10,000 words, $3.99
  • above 20,000 words price it as a novel in the genre and call it a short novel
  • Novels - Genre matters. Range from $3.99 to $6.99
Okay, all of that to say - you can still read all of my short stories for FREE at Wattpad. I even have some flash fiction there that you can't find at any of the retailers.

If I end up seeing some sales on any of my 20 short stories I will report back. Thanks for stopping by!

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