Every January, I make a to-do list of writing projects I hope to accomplish in the coming year. It’s not exactly a list of new year’s resolutions (which would, once again, include “Lose 10 pounds” — those darned pounds keep finding me), but rather provides me with some structure in an occupation that by its very nature tends to be unstructured.
I’m happy to announce that I have just completed the first of nine such projects: self-publishing a collection of three short mystery stories. I used Create Space for the trade paperback version and Kindle Direct Publishing for the Kindle eBook version. I found both platforms fairly easy to navigate, and while both versions required different formatting, the requirements are well defined. For the Kindle version, I also downloaded the free eBook, Building Your Book For Kindle. For the paperback version, I hired a wonderful woman (intentionmedia) from Fiverr. For the cost of $10US, she completely formatted the book with custom headers/footers and page numbers—and she did within a day. Could I have done this myself? With patience and determination, almost certainly, but after a couple of frustrating attempts, I decided my time was worth more than $10US.
So what made me decide to self-publish three short stories? The idea started when I got the publishing rights back to my short story, “Live Free or Die,” which was included in World Enough and Crime (Carrick Publishing, 2o14). What would I do with a previously published story? I consulted fellow members of the Short Mystery Fiction Society. Ideas ranged from sending it into e-zines that accepted reprints, to publishing it as a single, to the option I ended up choosing: including it in a collection with two new, previously unpublished, short stories.
I knew that “Live Free or Die” was worthy of publication. But what about my other two short stories? I consulted with beta readers and a proofreader/copyeditor. When the stories passed their discerning eyes, I worked on a title for the collection, and came up with LIVE FREE OR TRI.
Here’s a teaser:
Death and Deception
Appearances are often deceiving and that’s the underlying premise of this collection:
In “Live Free or Die,” naive 21-year-old Emmy falls hard for 31-year-old Jack, an efficiency expert from New Hampshire who is not all that he seems.
In “Murder in the Marsh,” cyclist Carrie Anne Camack discovers more than she bargained for in the fertile farmlands of Ontario’s Holland Marsh.
In the final story, “The Cycopaths,” a triathlon team’s open-water swim training in Collingwood, Ontario, has deadly consequences.
LIVE FREE OR TRI will be available on Amazon in trade paperback within a few days. In the meantime, you can already find it on Kindle (FREE on Jan 16 & 17), where coincidentally, you can also find my debut mystery novel, THE HANGED MAN’S NOOSE!
Coming January 22: Timothy Weatherall, author of The Incarnations of Joe: Book 1 The Key talks about his publishing journey, and why he choose assisted publishing with FriesenPress.