My favourite author is Stephen King, however I enjoy his collections of short stories more than his novels and I have been working on a collection myself to self publish on Kindle (not necessarily in King's style however)
Just wondering if anyone here had any experience with publishing short stories and if they sell well? I will be writing my collection whether I think they will sell well or not as I am enjoying the process, but was just wondering if there is a market for it.
Also - if anyone could post links to other short story collections on Kindle that they think might be of interest to me that would be great too
I put up a collection of my short stories in the horror genre recently. It has had one borrow and one sale so far in the week since I put it up. But I haven't been doing this long enough to know if it is typical or not. In general I think it takes a new author a lot of time to build a fan base and a steady momentum with sales. Of course a good product is essential.
I just released my first book, a collection consisting of three shorts (5-7000 words apiece) and a novella (about 18,000). It's been up a week, and as of today I've sold 18, though some of those are family and friends. My main focus was to introduce a character in the novella which I plan to use in a series of novels.
You can check it out if you'd like. I'm sure novels sell better, but I wanted to get a little name recognition before I released mine.
I have about 20 shorts as singles and some in collections. They sell fair I guess. I tend to tweet a lot and facebook somewhat to get the word out. I don't think just loading them up on amazon and leaving it at that will get anywhere. You have to promote them on sites of their particular genre. Out of the 20 some haven't sold a lick and some sell in double digits. I get about enough money via amazon, and BN to fill up the car and get a McDonald's meal for two. That's the level of sales I see. If you add Smashword's quarterly payment, then maybe it's a dinner at Chilli's. BUT! If I could trust myself and dare to raise my prices to $2.99 per story instead of my average 99 cents I could buy groceries or pay the light bill in summer time even.
What would help the short story writers tremendously is to put us in a special category. I think we get hurt when people mistakenly buy a story assuming it's a book. Most people when they visit a book site think well... Books! So they might buy accidentally or try to return after a quick read. I think we are also hurt if the algorithm changes and 99 cent books get pushed toward the bottom with other full length books. know Amazon has its Amazon Singles which showcase authors they select and vet with special promotions. But they should find a place to put all short length works and stories, to get us out from under books.
I did. Six short stories. June 1 published. Only one review, teeters in ranking from 34k to 190k. I sold 18. I suspect it will fade into oblivion unless I get more books published or more something. Here is a link. http://www.amazon.com/gp/new-releases/books/10680
title is autism denied.by Elizabeth Brown
Currently all of my available works are listed as short stories. While I'd like the sales to be better, I've seen from other people and my own looking around that short stories can do quite well - so long as it is made clear that they ARE short stories and not novels.
I click the short story categorization, tag it with short story, and the last line of my blurb will be 'a short story of ____ words' with the _____ filled in to the nearest hundred words. That way the potential buyer/reader knows what size story they will be getting and can decide if they want to read it or not.
I also price my short stories low, I will price my short story collections (planned but not available yet) a bit higher, and my actual novels (not yet available) a little higher than that. I've got the short stories at 0.99 and plan to have the collections at 2.99 (United States prices).
I've got one short story to my credit. At this point I'm fairly certain that it's the only short story I will ever publish- not from lack of success, mind you, but because I have too many full-length novels planned to be able to produce anything else.
It did well for me, gaining a minor bit of attention.