During the course of this MA, I’ve written a few short stories. And there’s a serious emphasis on ‘few’, there.
However, as of yet, I haven’t written one that is contemporary. My tutor said both were well written, good stories and enjoyable to read, just they weren’t modern. This was quite a frustration.
I enjoyed writing both stories, which is rare for me with short pieces. I also liked what they did and would love to get them out there. But I agree with her: they’re not contemporary. One feels like it was written around 1900 and the other is set in the 1700s on a pirate ship, with a narrative voice to match.
Now, I own more than one pirate novel from the 21st century and I know they exist, but there simply isn’t a market to send off a standalone short story of that nature.
Thus, I’m contemplating the possibility of self publishing it on Amazon. Mainly because I want to get it out there and because it’d be a fun and educational experience. Here’s the issues I’m seeing:
- As much as there’s no market for this in the traditional publishing world, I’m unsure if there’s a place for it in the self publishing world.
- Tying in with that, I’ve no idea how to get views on it. It’s all well and good getting it out there, but then what?
- In order to fit with the class prompt, the story is only 2,000 words. A very small amount, which means I either have to significantly beef it up or put it in an anthology. I’m sure I could bulk it up to 3k-4k because I cut bits to fit the class’s requirements, but I doubt I could push it far beyond 5k. That’d still be pretty small for a standalone.
- Leading on from that, if I went ahead and self published it I wouldn’t want to put it up for free. Multiple reasons for this… a) I’m a student and can’t deny the fact that I need money. b) If I were to put time into trying to get readers for it, I’d at least like to make something back for the efforts [what can I say? I’m honest!] c) If I’m putting it up for free I might as well send it off for free and take a buttload of rejections, building my thick skin for future ventures.
So to summarise: I’ve a story I want people to read but I can’t help wanting it to have more meaning than “Here, look at this story I wrote.” I value it, and so it deserves a value.