I’ve never had a particular urge to self-publish. The prospect of doing the research and starting was rather daunting and it seemed like my time might better be spent writing. But in November I got together to celebrate Thanksgiving with some friends. Someone I’d known from high school was there, having moved back to the state after living across the country. It turns out he’s a writer too and has been self-publishing for a while. When he offered to walk me through it, my first instinct was to say “no way” but the more I thought about it, the more I realized I wanted to give it a shot.
Although my goal is still to write and submit novels to publishers, I have a lot of short stories hanging around on my hard drive and often have little plot ideas pop into my head. They aren’t necessarily something I want to turn into a full length story but they make great little shorts. If I’m feeling stuck on a section of my novel, I can play around with something else for a while. I’ve found that it helps me avoid writer’s block and keeps ideas flowing.
As I considered the idea more, I realized it was something worth trying. If I could make even a little bit of money selling the short stories, that would help me toward my goal of being a full-time writer. At the moment, I feel like I’m working two full time jobs, the one that pays the bills and writing–the one I really love.
So I got a short story and cover ready and my friend came over last night to walk me through the process. While I wouldn’t call it easy exactly, it’s less difficult than I expected. Still, he probably saved me a thousand hours by going through it step by step. My husband and I took him out to dinner as a thank you.
Although I submitted it to six different sites, some will take longer than others to publish, so for now, here are the links to it on Amazon and Smashwords, and I’ll add the links to the other as soon as they are available.