Gathering together

I’ve nearly finished the sort-through of all my short works, going back over several years. Following some great online advice, I’m almost certainly going to collect the shorts into ‘collections’, and give these away free. I’m also going to be giving away samples of my writing here, and various other online locations. Finally, I’m going to be writing some new short stories, featuring the characters in my serial novels, which (hopefully) will introduce them to a new audience.

We shall see!

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Old writing

I’ve started gathering together stuff I’ve already written. Some of it looks surprisingly good, although there is the occasional glaring error which didn’t get fixed at the time.

And I’ve come across some real stinkers. There’s a couple of things I wrote for a local regional newspaper competition. I thought they were pretty good at the time. Sure, there’s words that sort of make sense. They’re strung together in what look like sentences. The grammar and punctuation are spot on. But oh boy, do these stories stink.

So, conclusion? My writing is better than it used to be. And, hopefully, it’s more commercial, or at least, people will want to read it.

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Publishing shorts

I’m an impatient kind of guy. If there’s something I want to do, then I want to do it now.

Like publishing my work. Do I want to do the “research – submit – wait – wait some more – almost give up – read rejection … research” roundabout? Or would I rather get my words out there and doing something, rather than sitting on my hard disk?

To this end, I’m going to start publishing my short works, probably for free download on Smashwords (Sony et al) and Amazon (Kindle). They will be the teasers for the main works which will come along after I’ve edited them. And rewritten them. And edited some more.

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