It is nice to finally be ticking some of the projects off the list. Keepers is still not done. I haven’t finished the final edit of The Darklands book 2. I am about two weeks later than I wanted to be with finishing up my zombie dad short story collection but at long last I can stick a fork into it. That sucker is done.
The book comes in at 13 stories and 18,000 words. That means there are eight brand spanking new stories and two small revisions on the old stories posted on my blog. I decided to stick with the zombie holiday theme because I still found it entertaining but it did make the stories more difficult to write. I scrapped several stories because I thought they were really bad. I might go back and take another run at them some day. I introduced a new character and changed the point of view on one of the stories (a brilliant idea from my brother Jerry).
I decided to format this book on my own for the Kindle and the Nook. It took way longer to do then I expected but for a first crack at formatting I am pleased with the way it turned out. I uploaded the book Thursday night and immediately ran into my first problem. Despite the fact these stories were read, reread, and then read some more I unbelievably made a continuiety error in one of the stories. I actually think I could have gotten away with it but it has been driving me crazy all day today. So, I did a quick edit and resubmitted.
This is really one of my biggest fears going the self-publishing route. I think I can string words together fairly well but I also know the value of a good editor. I really don’t want to look stupid. There are going to be mistakes, I know, but I tried really damn hard not to let many of them slip through to publication. I felt a little better today when I was reading the New York Times and saw two glaring errors in an article I was reading. Even editors don’t catch everything.
I hope my readers will want to go out and pick up a copy. I priced the book to sell at a whopping $0.99. My plan all along was to have this book out before the novel and hopefully sell a few to strangers who would then buy the novel when it comes out in June. I think for the price you will be entertained. One of the new stories I wrote was amongst my favorite things I have ever written. If you buy the book check back in and take a guess at which story.
Here are the links to purchase. You will need either a Kindle, a Nook, an iPad (running Kindle or Nook software) or a PC (with Kindle or Nook software running). I hope you enjoy them. I know I enjoyed writing them.