Friday, June 13, 2014

Bundles







Michael W. Davis






When I was a young dude, I loved to read anthologies. Why? So many stories for the same cost and the themes evolved quickly start to finish. For many years, collections of stories fell from vogue. Not sure why. Now, they’re the in thing again. Read an article few weeks back about the increased interest by readers in anthologies. Funny thing that the authors at our terrific blog got the idea that bundling some short stories together might be a great idea, so we did.

About two year ago we began the journey with two collections. The first was a series of recipes related to our novels with explanation how the stories came about and relate to our books. That collection is available for free (click the link in the upper left column of this blog). The second anthology, titled Shared Whispers, focused on shorts associated with amore from 18 authors (click the cover image in the left "what we write" bar for sources where available.) 

Point is, we’ve had great response, in terms of readers, and promotion interest. Why? Well, of course the stories within are great, but add to this the fact that it’s not one writer pushing their product, rather eighteen. That’s a ton of websites, tweeters and Facebook posts out there touting your work. Of all the stories we’ve used to evaluate the Amazon KDP program, the anthology did best by a factor of four. Not bad for writing one terrific short compared to a full 90,000 word novel. Think about it. You might want to try the bundling approach to expand your platform.



2 comments:

Julie Eberhart Painter said...

The market for short stories changed a lot. Very few magazines were promoting them, so most of us went where the market was. Now the stories are online and in devices, perfect for a wait at the doctor's office or when stuck in traffic.

Short stories are a good venue for single themed tales, despite the genre.

The main focus should be found in one genre each collection, a reason my Chinese love story sat for a while looking for a home before Shared Whispers accepted it.

Liz Fountain said...

As a contributor to Shared Whispers, let me add an incredible benefit was getting to see how other authors developed their tales. l learned a lot from that experience.

Short is most assuredly a distinct form - not just a 10 page novel, but it's own animal.

Liz