I'm currently writing a short dystopia story and would like to self publish it with amazon, just to get my name out there and see if anybody likes it. I'm applying to do Creative Writing at university and I think it'd give me a boost if I could say that some people had downloaded my short story and liked it.
However, I have a few concerns.
It will only be around 2500-3000 words long, 8-10 pages, which obviously is not very long at all. And I would have to charge at least 75p, which I don't think is fair for such a short story, but there's nothing I can do about it.
Do you think I should just put it on anyway? I don't want anyone to pay 75p and then think "wow, that was short and bad".
Being a new guy myself I would go for it, if you don't sell, place it for free for five days and enjoy the fact that a 100 or so people will read your work. On top of that you might receive some valuable reviews good and bad. When you are ready to write larger stories you will know what you are in for. Go for Sadie kick them shoes off and dance.
I've bought stories that long before. I didn't feel cheated when they were good ones.
Go for it. I don't know what 75p is, but I'm assuming it's equivalent to .99 USD. People don't generally complain about things they get for a buck. Plus, your best bet will be to enroll it Select anyway (since you really only want get your name out there and maybe garner a few reviews). People do sometimes complain about free stuff, but those people suck. Really, screw those people.
I had a similar problem. My idea was a long story (in my head) that was becoming real words on the page only in short bursts of 1000 words. So, rather than let it slip away into another unfinished work, I decided to make it a serial thriller. (Remember how Stephen King did with the Green Mile?) Now that Issue 1 is out there on Amazon with its Kick-Ass cover smiling at me, It's much easier to find time to be inspired to finish volume 2 (and 3,4,5 etc). Each one of mine is around 5000 words. Good Luck!
P.S. It's Black Book. by Dylan Jones, in case you were wondering about that cover!
so I'm really new to the Amazon direct experience; are there many individual short stories of an 8-10 page length available at Amazon Direct, and do readers want to buy/read them? Or do you have to wait to package a group of them?
I'm also wondering if there are bad notices if there's a way to do anything about it; knowing there are a lot of nasty anonymous "critics" on the internet who might be leaving comments that aren't necessarily abusive but are meant to be just nasty, is the only thing you can do in such a case is pull the story down?
Like you, I agonised over whether or not to publish short, short stories but in the end I decided to do it and enrol them on the Select programme. If I could charge nothing for them, I would, because they are (partly) used to get my name out there. I have 5 shorts and sell them under the banner, "Story to Go." I have had no complaints yet (after 2 years).