Holy moly. I've just spent the entire morning trying to figure out how to format a short story for Kindle. Long story short story (haha), I did it. Well, I did it and then had help from a good soul on KBoards (hiya, Peter!) who reformatted it for me so I wouldn't embarrass myself. All this for a 5,000-word story. Could you imagine if I had to format a novel? Oh wait, I will soon.
Many months ago, I decided I was going to self-publish all future work. The level of control was too tempting to ignore. There's so much I wanted to write -- YA mystery series, adult cozies, historical fiction -- that the only foreseeable way to do it all was to publish it on my own. I was excited about the prospect. Energized. I can publish all the things! And I can, but damn, at this rate it's going to take me a lifetime.
So here I am trying to dip my toe into the self-publishing pool with a YA short story that received its final rejection ("Strong writing, but we don't publish YA") only a few days ago. So far, I've made a cover (I wouldn't normally do this, but I'm low on funds), paid for editing (this I do recommend), formatted the story (pain in the A$$, but it's done), and brainstormed a list of keywords (whole 'nother lesson) for Amazon. I'm going to enroll the story in Amazon KDP Select and hope I can get some borrows from the Kindle Unlimited program.
I don't know what the market is for short stories on Amazon. All I know is that I love this short story (titled One Night Is All You Need) and I want it to see the light of day. I think it shows off my writing style and it's another avenue for readers to discover my work. It's certainly not getting any love sitting here on my Macbook. Not only that but it's a mini lesson to prepare me for how to do the big stuff, like my novella that I hope to release this June.
Anyone who knows me knows I fear logistics. Writing is my thang, not formatting. But that comes with the self-publishing territory. So if you want to go indie, you have to learn to do it all or pay people to do it for you. Right now, I want to do it myself. I like building this unique skill set, even if it takes me all morning to learn to do something that's probably a five-minute task.
Who's swimming in the indie pool? How's the water? Any tips or tricks for this newbie?