All I can really say is, it’s a good thing I’m a dentist! Haven’t sold a book or had a short story bought since October 23rd.
I counted, and I have eleven titles out there. They range in length from the very short (14 pages) SOLE OCCUPANT, which is in Kindle Select and KU, and costs $0.99, to my six-story collection DIE 6, which has 123 pages and is priced at $2.99. Also there is THE STRIKER FILES 3-in-1 COLLECTION, 93 pages also priced at $2.99, and my non-fiction title (under my real name) DOING DISNEY, which is again priced at $2.99 and contains 101 pages of information about visiting the Florida resorts. 14 DARK WINDOWS is a fourteen-story collection of short “flash” fiction, 63 pages, and is once again priced at $2.99.
What could I do? Perhaps a full collection of ALL of my short stories, would come in at something around 250 pages (maybe a bit more), and price it at $4.99? I have five stories in the very early stages of readiness for publication, all need rewriting and editing, but none are ready to go tomorrow.
Anyway, I know I don’t do much to promote the stories. The only people who have bought them are people who know me through Facebook, for the most part, or knew me from my days at Delphi Internet Service when I helped run the Book and Candle Pub. I submitted a story to the anthology QUANTUM ZOO with low expectations, but it was one of the twelve that was selected for inclusion, and I’d hoped that perhaps someone would read my story there and decide to check out at least one or two of my other stories, but the problem is that very few of the stories I’ve written and published would excite the QUANTUM ZOO target audience. So perhaps my efforts for that collection are wasted.
Who knows? For me, a good story is a good story. I’ve bought several of my co-authors’ stories but I don’t know if it is working in reverse. Oh well. I don’t really NEED the income. I can just keep writing, and when they’re ready, publishing, and if they catch on, great. If not, so be it.
As the saying goes, it was worth a try.