Flooding the Market with Good and Bad Literature

It is long past the time I put my money where my mouth is as far as getting fiction out there for the world to buy. I guess I could post it all for free, but that would be making a mockery of my ambitions, and I’m not ready to do that yet.

I got some great advice from my friend Darren Pillsbury, who is not only an outstanding and versatile writer but an expert on Amazon publishing. I tried to follow his advice as best I could but I kind of screwed things up. I didn’t crop the cover well – and I have great cover art from my own wife, the talented Emily Griffin Sheahan. I somehow botched the fonts so that my name and title don’t fit properly on the kindle page. But hey, I’m keeping things punk rock in some way. I’m also probably charging too much for a short story – I’m asking the minimum amount that will get me 70% royalties. The minimum price – 99 cents, gets an author 35% royalties.

But I’m convinced it’s a good and well written story so I’m glad it’s out there for people to read. You can lend it to someone if you buy it. Also, I don’t know any literary journals that would publish a story like this.

So if you have $2.99 to spare and a Kindle, feel free to buy the short story that’s for sale. I guarantee you’ve spent more than $3 on less enlightening things.

I have no logical reason as to why “What’s In My Purse” is the first piece of fiction I’m selling on Amazon other than it seemed to be as good as it was going to get and I think it’s an amusing story. Also, the issue of domestic violence is much in the news lately, so the story is timely for that reason. And because my fiction aspires to be universal, I believe it will appeal equally to women and men in both the pro- and anti-domestic violence camps.

Enjoy.

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