Writing forward

I'm writing this Thursday night, and scheduling it for mid-day Friday. I'm not going to be around this weekend. I'll schedule it to allow myself time to play in the early comments.

We're taking the camper out after work Friday, and this time the grandkids are going. This can be good and bad. I'm excited to have some fun with them, but the brand spanking new camper will know they were there. What the heck, they're fun and we'll have a good time.

I still haven't looked at my critiques for The Playground. I'm chomping at the bit to start a new novel, but will force myself to work on The Playground before I start a new draft. It's almost like finishing my broccoli before I'm allowed dessert.

The early reviews for my Notebook are looking wonderful. I'm so excited that people are enjoying my short form fiction.

To add some value to this post, let's talk about a small part of my thought process.

If you've looked at any of the reviews or reblogs, you might have noticed that I began this book with one of my Macabre Macaroni stories from last year. This was a thought out decision. I know Amazon provides a peek inside any book. With a book of short stories and micro-fiction I wanted to make sure it came across well.

The story, Jack O' Lantern was the most popular post from last October. It's still the third most popular thing on my blog to this day. This means it was well vetted and well liked. I decided if anything should be in the free sample, this would be it. That way, readers get something good in the free sample, and they get a complete micro-fiction at the same time.

No other story is recycled, and it was new to many of the advance readers. If there is ever a second Notebook, I may do the same thing. Macabre Macaroni is coming up, and maybe one of those will be as big a hit too.

So kibitz with me here. Was it a fair idea to recycle a really good micro-fiction into my Notebook? Do you feel cheated knowing that. People can still read it for free from my sidebar, but it's also the free sample on Amazon.

I'm looking forward to our camp out. I'll be checking in for a while on Friday, and back on Sunday. Try not to burn WordPress down while I'm in the forest.

I'll be taking an ebook with me, and a few paper publications with me too. There might be a reading opportunity in camp, but mostly I'll be playing with the kids.

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17 responses to “Writing forward

  1. I wasn’t around for Macabre Macaroni last year, so Jack O’Lantern was new to me (BTW, just put up my review on Amazon for the whole intriguing collection. Great sampling of stories!).

    I think it’s pretty clever that you gave new readers a whole fic in the free sample, and I think other readers won’t mind. After all, if you’d left it out, the remaining content would still be the same.

    Enjoy your camping trip!

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  2. I think it’s a great idea. The story acts as a teaser and can even bring in a few pre-existing readers. You already know one part will be well-received and that can help get readers into the other stories. Start off strong.

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  3. I think it was an excellent idea. And I, for one, was excited to see that it took the place of honor, as number one. Of course, that story was what first brought me to your site, so it will always have a special place in my heart. Too mushy? Ah, well, I’m writing a love scene. Can you tell? Have fun with your grandkids! I’m seeing mine tomorrow, and I can hardly wait!

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  4. Enjoy the forest! Jack O’Lantern was a great story! Creepy good, but not horrifying! Sassy liked it, as did many of my friends on FB.

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  5. Hope you’re enjoying your trip!

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  6. I guess it boils down to what percentage of your book’s readers are also regular blog readers. It’s a pretty short story, so probably not a problem anyway.

    I haven’t finished the book (just read the biplane story today – enjoyed it) but I think you mentioned that you’ve included a novel sample at the end? You might want to make that clear in the marketing blurb, to avoid negative comments. Someone might see in the Amazon listing that they are getting xxx pages, and be disappointed it isn’t all short stories…

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