Khiatons Kindle Short Reads publishing program starts May 1st. These will give blog readers a chance to see the kind of works my trend watching inspires. They’re geared towards Kindle Select Readers who want to stream short reads and are composed of approximately 5000 word ebooks. They’ll be available for sale at 99 cents individually. If you’re not a member of Kindle Select, and prefer to save money, I’ll gather them into themed story collections and offer them as larger ebooks and print books.
The themed collections will be uploaded to Smashwords. However, the individual short read books will be kept exclusive to Kindle Select.
I figured this was a worthwhile experiment for 2017, and will see how it goes.
This is the first ebook Machine Learning: Two Short Reads which is available on May 1st.
Machine Learning: Two Short Reads
What will machines learn from humanity? We can hope they’ll hear no evil, see no evil, speak no evil and obey the Three Laws of Robotics but Gidget the Gadget may become a respected member of the family, while the Dissembly Meme still goes viral in these two short reads. (Approximately a total of 4607 words)
Short Fiction Secrets: How To Write And Sell Short Stories by Angela Booth
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
I found this book very inspirational and can’t wait to try out its suggestions. My favorite was the thought of using short stories to try out new genres before committing yourself to writing a novel length work. See if you like the genre, how long it takes to write it and whether you get the kind of response you want from readers. It’s a good idea.
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I uploaded Kateri Tales: Based on Haudenosaunee Folktales and it’s now live on Amazon Kindle’s Select Program and Lending Library. It will be available in other venues once the 90 day exclusivity period is over.
It’s a blend of fantasy, contemporary fantasy and urban fantasy. Some stories are “sequels” I felt certain folktales needed. Others are based on my reactions to traditional beliefs. For one thing, what kid, from any culture, could resist using a forbidden name, even if it puts his people in jeopardy?
I found out that a YA fantasy short story I wrote passed the first round of review today!
I received my contributor’s copy of Game Fiction Vol. 1 this week. It has my story “Jubilee” in it. It was put out as an ebook in August 2015 and is finally available in paperback now.
Goldshader is an ambitious new magazine that wants gaming stories to be recognized as literature. I sold a story to them earlier this year, and they’ve just gone live with their website. They have online outreaches for multiple venues and are looking for Patreon sponsors.
Update: I had to add the link to this post since I forgot to add it when I first posted.
Should you self publish your work or try to get a traditional publishing contract. Jane Friedman’s Updated Key Book Publishing Paths in 2015 will help a writer choose the best publishing path in 2015.
Don’t know whether to self-publish or get a traditional publishing contract. It’s possible to do both? Writer’s Digest sent me another email for a free Hybrid Author Game Plan pdf that’s free to download if you don’t mind registering for the Bookbaby mailing list. Click the cover to access the download page.
Self Publishing Review has a guide for social media network sites authors can use to publicize their works. The top picks have their advantages and cons rated and a list of sites to try at the bottom of the article.
Author Marketing Experts, Inc has an article on marketing and there’s a list of sites to market your self published book at the end of the article.