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Paul Priddey

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Re: Short story: Kindle publishing questions
Posted: Dec 5, 2016 10:40 AM   in response to: Michael Carley in response to: Michael Carley
 
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I prefer to put individual short stories on my website in the hope of getting more visitors.
Jonathan B

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Re: Short story: Kindle publishing questions
Posted: Dec 5, 2016 4:14 PM   in response to: Michael Carley in response to: Michael Carley
 
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Michael Carley wrote:
I have a short story drafted (currently in revision mode) and I'm thinking of publishing it on Kindle. Here are a few questions:
2. Currently, my draft is around 3,600 words; a pretty short story. For a Kindle Single, is the 5,000 word minimum an absolute minimum? I need to add a short acknowledgements section and bio, and I may beef up some parts based on feedback, but I'd rather not add just to meet an arbitrary number.

Please don't pad it.

For me, writing short stories is much more difficult than writing a novel. It has to be well, short, but also succinct and to the point. There can be no padding. It is a different mindset than writing novels.

I happen to like writing them now, though. I've written two specifically for Amazon and put up two old ones I had laying about. The old ones have made a few bucks, the first of the new ones has made quite a bit, actually, and the second one will go live after I get back from this business trip.

My intent now is to write a short after each novel, cleansing my mental pallet, so-to-speak.

And to comment on a post you made later on, yes, you have to have a good cover, just as with any novel.

writerbn

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Posted: Dec 5, 2016 4:28 PM   in response to: Jonathan B in response to: Jonathan B
 
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Jonathan B wrote:

For me, writing short stories is much more difficult than writing a novel. It has to be well, short, but also succinct and to the point. There can be no padding. It is a different mindset than writing novels.


Thank you. You'd be surprised how few writers realize that.
nas1asi

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Posted: Dec 6, 2016 5:41 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
 
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Friends who can write an objective review of the short stories and the collection?
grandmaster

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Posted: Dec 6, 2016 8:20 AM   in response to: writerbn in response to: writerbn
 
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writerbn wrote:
Jonathan B wrote:

For me, writing short stories is much more difficult than writing a novel. It has to be well, short, but also succinct and to the point. There can be no padding. It is a different mindset than writing novels.

Thank you. You'd be surprised how few writers realize that.


At the risk of zombies eating our brains, I agree with both of you. With longer works you can put in sub plots, lots of description and many, many characters. With shorts, not.
Robert M. Bailey

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Re: Short story: Kindle publishing questions
Posted: Nov 1, 2017 9:36 AM   in response to: Michael Carley in response to: Michael Carley
 
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Are you finding KDP still useful for short stories? Or has the KDP process and/or audience changed in your view? Thank you! Rob

Edited by: Robert M. Bailey on Nov 1, 2017 9:37 AM
Donna St Felix

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Posted: Nov 1, 2017 9:45 AM   in response to: Robert M. Bailey in response to: Robert M. Bailey
 
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Robert M. Bailey wrote:
Are you finding KDP still useful for short stories? Or has the KDP process and/or audience changed in your view? Thank you! Rob

You have replied to a forum post that is 4 years old. Hopefully, you will get a reply from the OP.
writerbn

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Posted: Nov 1, 2017 10:54 AM   in response to: Donna St Felix in response to: Donna St Felix
 
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Donna St Felix wrote:
You have replied to a forum post that is 4 years old. Hopefully, you will get a reply from the OP.
Or maybe zombies have eaten his brains :)

Robert, search the forums for "short stories". There are plenty of recent discussions, all with the same theme: individual short stories do very poorly on KDP, with the exception of erotica (and even then, Kay Yu has killed that market).
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