Starting in December of this year (2015), I will be giving away one short story a month. These tales will range from 1,000 to 4,000 words. I am currently testing a way to allow those of you who want to pay for the stories to be able to do so. There will be no delay if you choose to go the freebie route. Day one, you decide if and what you want to pay.
Why am I doing this? I have faith in my readership. I believe that, by offering up these free or Pay-What-You-Want singles, my readers will support my larger ventures. I also believe a vast majority will not go the free route.
This isn't a Kickstarter or GoFundMe or anything like that where you have to pay or donate before you receive your content. You will be receiving finished stories that have been through the editing process. Likewise, each story will have its own cover and will be properly formatted. As of right now, I can only offer mobi or PDF files, as I still haven't mastered formatting for epub. You will not have to sign up for a mailing list, either. You decide whether or not you want to receive updates at all by choosing to follow me on Wordpress, Booklikes, and Goodreads.
These stories will not always be horror. I plan on using this venture to experiment in new genres. One idea I am seriously considering is asking you guys what I should write. You give me a genre and/or a trope and I'll write something based on your suggestions. We did this a few months ago with a Flash Friday post and had a lot of fun, so I figured we could expand something like that into a longer piece.
Not only is this post a teaser of what is on the horizon for my fans and followers, but it is also meant to give you a chance to weigh in several months before I begin releasing material. Is there anything you'd like to see me do with this? If you have any suggestions, feel free to comment below.
I'm doing this because you guys have been so good to me. Seeing the success I have by using nothing more than word of mouth proves that you don't have to spam and spend thousands on promotion as long as you're honest and provide quality material. I've gotten where I am thanks to you, and I extend my sincerest appreciation for all that you do.
And finally, a cover reveal for this project's first single, a sequel to my Christmas-themed freebie from last year, The Naughty List. Not only will The Naughty List be available for download again this holiday season, but you can also expect this...
Thank you for all your past, present, and future support.
*hugs and high fives*