So, HEY. What’s up with the Kindle stuff, people are asking?
You may have noticed. (It would be hard to miss it, the way I’ve been talking about them here…) Not just one, but five of my anthology stories are now reprinted on Kindle, soon* to be in a variety of formats via Smashwords. Until then, Kindle has free apps for reading on your Windows PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, Blackberry, or Android.
(*Whenever I get a breath and can learn how to do that. It was going to be last week. Talk to the puppy–!)
Happily, I’m getting some good questions about the stories. And what’s a blog for, if not to provide insight and answers?
On your mark…get set…
Are these stories available in hardcopy?
In fact, yes. All but one of the Kindle stories so far have been in hardcopy for years, ranging from about fifteen to three (depending on the story). I do, of course, refer to the anthologies in which they first appeared, each of which is listed in the individual story descriptions on Kindle and on my web site e-fiction page.
There’s one story that’s completely original–the Reckoners story–and one I’ll be putting up next that was first published in an e-zine so never had a hardcopy version.
No, I mean are they available individually in print?
Oh! That! Nope, they’re not. The logistics of creating and distributing hardcopy are beyond what I can do at this point.
How many stories will you be putting up?
How kind of you to ask! There are thirteen stories. I think. There are also a number of backlist books to which I have reverted the rights, and those will go up as I can. Obviously, sales will motivate me to juggle in the time!
Are these exact reprints of the originals?
Nope. Depending on the story, I’m taking the chance to go through, tighten them up, add clarity where necessary. They would go up a lot faster if I didn’t take that step, but y’know…I think readers deserve the best I can do.
Who does your covers?
Me! Me me me! I have a lot of fun with it. I know they might not be the best covers EVAH, but then again I’m not a marketing or art department.
Why Kindle? Isn’t Amazon the Devil?
Yes. Yes, in fact, Amazon is the Devil. But I wouldn’t want to leave Kindle readers out in the cold regardless, and I flipped a coin on where to start with this project.
And WHY are you doing this?
Well…I had some choices. Reprint rights such as these aren’t attractive to print publishers, although I could have run them through an e-publisher. (That certainly would have avoided the work of formatting, cover art, and re-proofing!) But the truth? These stories and books have already paid their dues. They were accepted by major publishing houses; they were distributed nationally and internationally in print (and in some cases, an earlier e-version). And right now? The publishing world has its tail tied in a knot over e-rights. I neither want to wait for that situation to settle out, or to compromise with some of the less than stellar terms being offered out there.
Another truth? I’m getting a kick out of it. I’m having fun with the covers, fun putting the work up on line. Fun with the idea that people are reading it, too! Enough fun that soon I’ll be putting one or two of the stories up on my web site as freebies, too.
So, HEY. Did I get all the questions? Miss anything important? The floor’s wide open…have at it!