· Once upon a time ... a tale of two rescued dogs (a seven part series of short tales)
· Feline Capers (eight short tales about things Lee gets up to)
Yes, folks, I finally got around to putting the stories on Kindle although it took a bit of pressure from Faye before I did so. It wasn't easy finding the best way forward, I went through quite a few on-line publishers before choosing Amazon as a better bet for what I wanted. I say ‘what I wanted’ but in reality I didn't know what I wanted.
The main question in my mind was: did I want a paper copy or digital?
Serious thought had to go into that one. It seemed to me that because I have so much of my work printed out and stored in folders on the bookshelf I would be hard pressed to know where to start. Then I thought about the doggy tales and decided they were small enough to experiment with.
Did I want the hassle of paying for a fully fledged book and then having to sell my own to justify the cost or did I want to see/read my work on an ebook? Well, laziness and age played a part, plus a touch of uncertainty about my writing’s appeal. I mean, if I published a book and nobody wanted to buy, it would be a waste of time and money. But if I went down the eBook route it would cost me nothing and I might even get a few pennies in royalty.
So I went down the Amazon route and ended up on Kindle. The dog tales were first to go there. It took me a while to understand what was required of me, i.e. which boxes to tick, but there were explanations attached to each question so I was able to muddle through. I got a few things wrong simply because I tend to flick through instructions without digesting the important bits. But apart from a minor hiccup the experiment proved worthwhile.
Seeing the tales on Kindle was a big kick to the ego, so I quickly followed up with Feline Capers. Now both can be read on the iPad and iPhone.
I tried to put a link on the blog that would take people straight to the Amazon spot but the US didn’t recognise a UK request so I ended up putting notices in the sidebar advising that people search on either US or UK for the author’s name. Maybe one day, when I’m famous, it will get easier... grins.
So where do I go from here? Should I publish the novels or should I stick with the short stories? Maybe a compilation of stories ... or maybe leave it at that and not bother. What do you think?