Somewhere between the first novel I wrote (that I never finished because it was the first novel I wrote and I didn't know what the heck I was doing), and the initial writing of my Harper crime mystery series, I wrote several short stories and a few flash fictions. At the time my only purpose for writing them was to use them as a writing exercise to help me focus on developing the plot and to tighten my prose.
I enjoyed the exercise, but ironically none were in the mystery genre. The few that were published online received encouraging comments. That was about four years ago. Since then, that portion of the site was closed and to my knowledge, there're no records of those stories on the web. I've looked. So ... are they still considered published? If I change the title, tweak and/or add to them, could I submit them elsewhere as previously unpublished works or are they doomed to stay in my hard drive forever?One of the main problems I had with my "shorts" was that according to some guidelines, they exceeded the word count and yet they were too short to be considered novellas. I suppose that was one reason I returned to writing novel-length works--I needed the room. Still, I'd like to try my hand at writing some short stories again. I noticed Amazon has what they call, “Amazon Shorts.” Could be something to consider. I’ve often contemplated taking a few of the minor characters from the series and writing their story. My only problem now seems to be time.