I’m getting faster at the process as I go, and I’m also refining it, which unfortunately means I need to go back over some of the earlier releases, just to make them all look the same as far as prettiness and completeness goes.
Would it be better to space releasing the stories out over the course of a year? Probably. But I’d like to get this all set up and done so I can move onto other things. I have enough stories that will be added over the course of the year as I write them or their rights become available that there will be plenty of additions as is.
What I’ve done with the stories is split them up into series. This is an easy enough task because I’ve got plenty of clusters of stories where characters or locations repeat, as with Twicefar Station, which is the backdrop for “Amid the Words of War,” “Kallakak’s Cousins,” and “On TwiceFar Station, As the Ships Come and Go.” It’s also the same world as “TimeSnip,” whose main character appears in “On TwiceFar Station, As the Ships Come and Go.”
Why I’m doing this:
- This allows me to provide readers who like a particular story with a way to find similar ones. If they read “Her Windowed Eyes, Her Chambered Heart,” for instance, and want to find other steampunk stories by me, they can look at the others in the Altered America series.
- This lets me play with KDP in a meaningful way. If I make the first book Kindle only for at least the first year, I can use the Kindle Select promotional tools and get readers to sample a story by giving it to them free.
Here’s what I’ve got sorted of the series so far, with a description of each.
Altered America (steampunk)
Her Windowed Eyes, Her Chambered Heart
Closer Than You Think (near future SF)
All the Pretty Little Mermaids
Tortoiseshell Cats Are Not Refundable
English Muffin, Devotion on the Side
Memories of Moments, Bright as Falling Stars
Farther Than Tomorrow (slipstream & space opera)
Bus Ride to Mars
Five Ways to Fall in Love on Planet Porcelain
Elsewhen, Within, Elsewhen
Ms. Liberty Gets a Haircut
Acquainted with the Night
Tales of Tabat (secondary world fantasy)
Narrative of a Beastâ€™s Life
How Dogs Came to the New Continent
Events at Fort Plentitude
In the Lesser Southern Isles
Twicefar Station (far future SF)
On TwiceFar Station, As the Ships Come and Go
Amid the Words of War
I Come From the Dark Universe
Villa Encantada (urban fantasy/horror)
Eagle-haunted Lake Sammammish
Crowned with Antlers Comes the King
Women of Zalanthas (secondary world fantasy)
Mirabai the Twice-lived
The World Beside Us (urban fantasy/horror)
Heart in a Box
Can You Hear the Moon?
Of Selkies, Disco Balls, and Anna Plane
So far, after approximately a month of getting stuff up there, I’m seeing some small sales, but also a tiny uptick in my collections that could be due to something else entirely. (Self-publishing is such a mysterious process!) So over the course of the year, I’ll be tracking the results.