I spent all day catching up on much delayed indie publishing, though for those of you who read Amazon, I regret to say there’s not much new yet. Mostly I was taking stuff that had expired on Prime and bringing it out on Smashwords and Barnes and Noble. (I haven’t anything – yet – that justifies All Romance.
Then we had to move my auxiliary brain/work space from the old laptop to the new one. It is an odd thing to update to a much faster laptop and yet retain all the same stuff I had in the old one, including all my files buried away somewhere in the depths of the computer.
I finally have control of the new machine, and figured out my password to get into wordpress. I am, of course, somewhat dead on my feet (oh, the wild and amazing excitement of a writer’s life. The once every three/four years changing of the computers [and only because I needed a better one for the new office-ish arrangement which starts tomorrow. That inherits my old one, and now I have new one at home.] This TOTALLY is how I visualized the mad glamour of being an author.)
Anyway, so I thought I’d share what I’ve learned from self-publishing so far TM. (It’s almost a year since I put my first “trial” story up and about nine months since I did the first real for-sale story.
1- Dean Wesley Smith was right. (It’s a bad habit of his.) This thing grows exponentially for every five stories or so you have out.
2- I only have short stories out – right now, close to 23, then those same stories in some collections – but by December if I put a few more out, I should hit $200 a month (Should – it’s hard to calculate because Smashwords affiliates pay by the quarter.) The thing to remember is that I had/have around 250 short stories sitting around. Of course, the older ones will need substantial rewrites. Which brings us to:
3- Even after I was published in novels, I was capable of untold cruelty towards innocent short-stories. Part of it was trying to be flip, something that I think short stories tempt you to do, and part was that I was trying to conform to what I saw in the magazines. Well, now I don’t have to conform. Mwahahahah. Which brings us to:
4- My bestselling short stories are the space operas one, only very few of which ever sold to the traditional presses. Bestselling, you ask? What do you mean? Oh, nothing much, but these stories are selling 6/7 copies a month, while most of the ones that sold to magazines sell NOTHING. Weird, uh? Which brings us to:
5- As soon as I have time, I need to write two more stories in the ever popular (in anthologies Nephillim Kentucky ) shorts, so I can do a collection. The next story they get married by Zombie elvis in Vegas. (Hey! They’re supposed to be funny.)
6- I can see, (though not yet) having another fifty or so stories out and a few novels (they say novels sell exponentially better) and making what I make now, only the work is already done, and then I can slow down a little. Maybe. Which brings us to
7- I have three novels in various stages of completion and requiring only some rewriting. Which brings us to:
8- Since it’s clearly going to take novels to make a living wage off indie, I need to sleep less and write more. Which brings us to
9- That is not going to happen tonight. I’m shutting down and going to bed. See you tomorrow afternoon.