Monday, March 18, 2013

The Big Announcement!!!

Happy Monday!  Hope everyone doesn't have too much of a hangover from the weekends festivities.  I know I somehow manage to escape any traces of a hangover, except for maybe the lethargy. I know after Saturday night (which was a blast!!!) I went to bed early and slept in a little this morning and feel pretty good.

I know I have alluded to this moment for a few weeks now, and may have lead you all to believe that it probably wouldn't be happening for a while.  Indeed, I didn't think it would be happening for a while.  However, last week, after I had gotten through my crazy week of papers and what-not for school, I decided to throw some caution in the wind and start working towards it.  After all, I told myself, I already have the stories.  I already have them together in a collection.  I have already edited them (some of them have been edited a lot over the last few years, some of them hardly at all since they were first written).

 I logged onto my Create Space, and began reading, and then, with my ambition pushing me to put my money where my mouth is (both literally and figuratively), and started designing the cover, and the interior of the book.  I have spent the weekend fine-tuning, and I should be, hopefully today, receiving the proofs to my very first, self-published SHORT-STORY COLLECTION!  I am still working on everything, but to design and put it together (and for basic distribution) was free.  I set my prices (and subsequently paid a little extra for the expanded distribution so I get it into a wider range of markets) and will be doing some heavy promotion (which will cost me for promotional copies and postage to send them to reviewers).  Once I get my finalized version I will be announcing a release date for both print and e-book versions.

Here is what the cover looks like:

ISBN-13: 978-1482787474

I wanted to keep the design simple and ambiguous, and I only had a limited range of options (for free), but I feel like I met those two goals.  Anyways, the collection is 185 pages and is tentatively going to be $9.99 for the paperback and $5.99 for the e-book version.  I am still working on the distribution, but it will be on Amazon, Create Space (of course), and a multitude of other outlets (which I will get a full list of when it becomes available).  My goal was to design it to look as professional as possible, and I am very happy with the design of the paperback.  I am still working on the e-book format, which is harder (due to file conversion problems).  Anyways, many of these stories have been tested on this blog (you will notice they are no longer there...Sorry, but I will be posting more free stories in the future), and I will release the final list soon.  I will let you all know when everything is finalized and when I officially release it for sale.  This is a very exciting time for me as I test the waters of the self-publishing market and see how it works and if I can have enough success at it to try it with future projects.

To sum everything up:

TITLE: Tales from the Fringes
TYPE: Short Story Collection
GENRE: fiction -- short stories/satire
FORMATS: paperback and e-book
LENGTH: 185 pages (tentatively)
PRICE (tentative): $9.99 for paperback, $5.99 for e-book

Have a great week!  I am counting down the days until I can officially start my Spring break (5 more days)!

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