Something unique is happening over at Trestle Press. A robust, innovative little e-book publisher bristling with ideas on how to get its authors out into the market, the powers-that-be over there came up a really unique idea. Allow writers to create a character--and like the old Saturday afternoon movie series of the 30's and 40's--build an on-going series with new installments added continuously.
I'm one of those writers. My 'Smitty' series is now 15 short-stories and two novellas long. And counting. Smitty is a hit man. But maybe . . . maybe more like a Puritanical Grim Reaper come to earth to administer harsh judgement on those deserving harsh judgement. He certainly isn't the typical sociopath you usually find in such a character.
My schtick is to package either three short stories, or two short stories and a novella into one installment. And they're cheap! They go for either $.99 or $1.99. But the heady thing about this is obvious; I've created a character a number of people seem to enjoy following. And I have a venue expressly designed to further along the character and build an even bigger audience.
An old idea that has become a new idea. One that I am happy to participate in.
Well, I admire the idea of sequencing the stories. The concept of releasing stories on Kindle at al. has been promoted by Joe Konrath. You are both absolutely right. The old system of submitting to a print publication is time consuming and gives you only a brief life span for your work. Putting it out electronically extends its life forever. Sales tend to be slower than for novels, but think: "forever!" And the alternative is the story remains unread in your files.
Having said this, I have to admit that I've had a story with AHMM for more than 2 months now. Even if it's accepted, I'll have several more months before it will appear in print. But I like the story and keep hoping for an award somewhere along the line. Foolish, I know.
I've just started a series with Trestle Press, the first story just came out (Pale Horse) and I already have fans clamoring for more. http://www.amazon.com/Pale-Horse-ebook/dp/B005LQSEWO/ref=sr_1_21?s=...
I'm thrilled with the chance to do a set of stories.