The title says it all really, but allow me to elaborate. First and foremost, I’ve been working on a new short story. Well, I say short, I think it might come in around the 10-11k word mark. It’s about half done, and I’m confident I’ll be able to send it out into the world soon. Don’t want to give you anymore details about it than that really just yet. I want to get it ready for consumption before I tell people too much about it.
What I will say is that this is the first ‘short’ story I’ve written since Ruthie’s Club closed down, it’ll be the first one to be released as an eBook before showing up on other media, and it’ll be, hopefully, the first of a new series in the same ilk as the Ladz Local Lovelies series. That is to say, a series of shorts on a similar theme but each one featuring new and unique characters.
Or I might make the series about this same set of characters and their “adventures”. I really haven’t decided yet. And, let’s be honest, I should finish the first one and see how its received first.
It has been an interesting experience writing this short though after spending so long writing novels (it’s been the best part of five years now). It’s a totally difference mentality to a short. And, obviously, you have a much shorter word count to tell the story in. But I’m doing it as a ‘break’ from working on A Tortured Soul. I really want to nail the ending of this novel and the best way to do that might be to come at it afresh. And what better way to keep the creative juices flowing while stepping away from a project than to work on a short (or two)
Now, in other news, I think I’ve finally figured out how to use Google Books/Google Play. I noticed that when the three books I originally put up went live, I had set the price of them. But when I changed the Google’s preferred option of “Default price” that is supposedly 80% of the price advertised elsewhere, they disappeared from the Play Store.
Now that I’ve set the price back to one that I’ve picked, all the books, and seven of the other seventeen I submitted, have re-appeared in the store. So the trick would appear to be, don’t use default price, set it yourself. Not that Google seems to take much notice of the price as they are currently running A Good Man with a 25% discount – which is not something I said they could do. Still, if it leads to sales…
That 25% discount, by the way, I’m not sure if that’s just in the UK Play Store, or globally, since I only have access to the UK store.
Anyway, here’s a random picture of Paris Hilton reading, which is how I imagine most of readers. Kind of. My readers wouldn’t be reading The Art of War. They’d be reading The Art of Love.