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05 December 2012 @ 05:33 pm
Year of Miracles  
So I've got this Old Races collection, YEAR OF MIRACLES. My publisher, who are wary of short story collections, opted not to publish it. I've done a release of the short stories in 3 e-collections, which didn't light the world on fire, but which haven't done badly.

I'm trying to decide if I should go ahead and release the entire collection as a print-on-demand through Lulu and Amazon, or...what.

It's not a collection like BABA YAGA'S DAUGHTER, which while a collection of short stories and not a novel, does have a story arc of sorts. YEAR OF MIRACLES is much more...amorphous.

The way I see it, I could do a couple things. I could release it as-is.

I could also write a new set of stories and potentially offer two collections of half-new material to some other, perhaps smaller, publisher. (Offering anybody YEAR OF MIRACLES as-is, having e-released the stories, doesn't seem appropriate to me.) Realistically, of course, the chances of doing the second set of stories without some kind of outside (Kickstartery) incentive are slim, although there are plenty of tales I could still tell. I could also, of course, eventually write those other stories and release them in their own print-on-demand kind of collection like YEAR OF MIRACLES, if I decided to do that.

It seems like with the holidays around the corner I oughta make a decision on that pretty quick.

But the other side of this is I'm hoping to release NO DOMINION in January, and MOUNTAIN ECHOES is out in March. The phrase "tapping the well too often" comes to mind, so I donno.
 
 
 
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on December 5th, 2012 04:05 pm (UTC)
Just out of curiosity, how much would you have to charge for the POD book?

And is this different from the stories that are already going out to your Kickstarter folks like me? (I can't keep track anymore...)
kitmizkit on December 5th, 2012 04:16 pm (UTC)
About $14.99, like all my books are priced.

YEAR OF MIRACLES is an Old Races collection, which I think you bought into as the Old Races Short Story Project and possibly also for the YoM novella itself. There are a few new stories in it, though.

It's definitely different than the Walker Papers stories from NO DOMINION. :)
Deborah Blakedeborahblakehps on December 5th, 2012 04:34 pm (UTC)
Then I say go for it!
Geek of Weird Shit: weldinggows on December 5th, 2012 06:05 pm (UTC)
Any chance you could interweave some new stuff in with the YoM to create more cohesion? Instead of one story arc, a couple of smaller/shorter ones, perhaps with the new stories serving as overlapping bridges here and there?

I don't see how coming up on the holidays would be a determining factor, FWIW, and I agree with the "tapping the well" bit.
kitmizkit on December 6th, 2012 04:48 am (UTC)
...not really, re: cohesive story arcs. What I would end up doing would be more like Origins and Aftermath themes; everything up to the trilogy would be in an Origins collection, everything after it would be in Aftermath. I have quite a lot more material for Origins than Aftermath, which would require writing Grace's novella (I hope novella) for the anchor piece, and ... well, however many more stories brought it up to collection length.

The holidays is just, y'know, if anybody was looking for a CE Murphy book for Christmas... :)