Whoo Hoo, I am officially published on Kindle. I had to put the cover in here because apparently it takes a few days for that to set up on Amazon.com, but who cares. I am published and on Amazon. I wondered if I would ever get to this point. Basically, I was holding back for a few reasons.
I really wanted to add one more story to make the collection about 80,000 words; however, with everything going on, I decided it was now or never. It just leaves room for a second collection. Also, there is at least one novella/book sitting half finished in my head. Another thing holding me back was the formatting for Kindle and other Ebook options. I was only working with Word Starter and could not figure out how to make the clickable table of contents. Even with the generous help of my friend Nila I was still stuck because I thought I needed a full version of Word to create the table. So, I finally bit the bullet and purchased a full version of office. Funny thing though, after I worked it out, I decided that I could have done it on Word Starter.
Yeah. Well, them’s the breaks and at least I got moving again, but wait. I then discovered a feature that I do not believe is available on Starter, which is that Word can actually read your writing out loud to you. I was really concerned about delivering a quality product but could not afford to have it professionally edited. Through the years of working on this collection, I have had help from friends and have used Word to catch a lot of things but I really feared missing stupid stuff you correct as you read to yourself. So I ran one final spell check and was prepared to send it as is. Then I saw the reading feature and decided to give it a try. I was amazed at how well it does, even with my strange character names. In addition, there is nothing like hearing a story to feel how good or clunky a sentence or paragraph sounds. I was able to correct so much by this method, including comma placement. One story I kept typing “bother” instead of “brother” and it was glaring.
So, while I felt like a dope for springing for a full version of Word, I was very grateful in the end. Now, here we are, with a short story collection available for purchase. Years of doubt, dreams, and ideas ready to be devoured by you and the rest of the world. A total of 12 short stories, three that actually combine into a complete novella. Some have been on this blog in earlier forms but have been expanded on, while others never have been. I look forward to hearing your thoughts.