I am considering having a Smashwords offering sometime this summer most likely. It would be a short story compilation with a couple of other works thrown in also. I would include my 2 Act Play, A Granny’s Park Christmas.
Several reasons for thinking of going the Smashwords route. For one, a couple of the stories have already been published (one will be next month) and I have full rights to do whatever I wish with them. Although I still have two stories under consideration, the whole short story market for magazine publishing whether online or not, is so jammed up! I mean, it isn’t unusual for the magazine people to have to wade through 1k stories a month! Another thing I have considered is that quite a few of these literary online magazines are the work of students, not that I have anything against them, but sorry, they are not professional editors.
And my final reason is that I want a platform for the stage play. I have submitted this work to all of the viable sources since 2007. And there are only a bare few sources who publish and distribute plays. Most of these sources require a production before they will consider the work. I’ve tried marketing to theaters and didn’t get far, they only talk to agents. Tried the agent route and they want a production in hand before they will look at it. Personally, I believe the play is new and different from almost anything I have seen or known about for a Christmas production. It is not a musical, it is not a retelling of some other work, and it is not a religious theme (although it is G rated for the family), and there is not a Santa in sight. It’s simply not the same old thing you see every year from live theater (good Lord, how many Christmas Carols, and Night Before Christmas, and Wise Men plays can you stand!).
So, I think I will keep my submissions active for the couple of short stories I have already submitted. If they get rejected then I will include them in the Smashwords project. If they get accepted I may yet include them depending on when they appear. But I am about 80% set on this idea. I’ll keep the price under $2 and see if anything happens.
Managed 250 words today to add to a chapter of Bob, P.I. It’s just banter, but it is typical of the characters. They are talking about a crime family that they sort of cross paths with.
“They are a long established family in Chicago. Considered minor players in the whole organized crime scene.” Nick explained.
“They’re like a Boutique crime family.” Bob remarked.
Nick looked at him and hesitated. “Yeah, sure. They carved out a niche and basically stayed there. They perform some services for other, more powerful families.”
“They’re like the Tonto of crime families.” Bob balanced a cig in his mouth.
“OK.” Nick was getting annoyed. “They keep a low profile and stay out of skirmishes with the other families. They never seem to overplay their hand and get the authorities too concerned about them.”
“So, they’re like the choirboys of the crime families.” Bob said.
“Yeah, whatever. They’re far from choirboys.” Nick growled. “Are you going to keep up the running dumb commentary?”
“I got my rights, man. Just doin’ my thing, baby. What else about them?”
“They’ve been in everything, drugs, stolen goods, women, you name it.” Nick continued.
“So, they’re the Dabney Coleman of crime families.” Rick chimed in.
Nick turned to him. “What does that even mean?”
“Dabney Coleman, you see him in all kinds of TV and movies. He’s been in everything.” Rick smiled.
“He was in that movie 9 to 5 with Dolly.” Bob added.
“Dolly, yeah buddy.” Rick smiled.
“So, you too with the lousy comments?” Nick asked Rick. “Like the genius over here isn’t enough?”
“Hang loose, baby!” Bob cautioned.
“Sorry, man” Nick said “It’s not my bag.”
“That’s the spirit.” Bob pointed at him and lit his cig.
Mediate our question together
Birth, ask, sustain, inspire
Every change apparatus
Yet suffer through chaos of will.
Falling, it drifts.
In Heaven handcrafted.
A gentle blessing.
All is made new and fresh.
Gold of dawn shows the glorious, white transformation.
Stark purity clings.
It carpets the way.
Lays full and unmarked in unchanging love.
Beneath is new life.
14 December 2003
The latest word is some Monday in January for The Huffington Post story. They should be running the photo I took for the story also.
The story is titled Shadowed Solitude.