Any readers who have been following along with my blog will know that my friend and I have issued each other a story challenge, that the deadline was pushed back (twice), and those who are really in-the-know have heard that my short story turned into a novella.
A novella I’m really happy with.
One I think might be kind of…good.
So here I am, having spent quite awhile writing this novella and in rather dire straits financially. This is where you come in, as a reader. I am inclined to submit this story to some literary magazines and see if I can’t get it published for a fee. If I go this route, it will be several months at least before its available to read, and even then it won’t be free. I am also toying with the idea of self-publishing it and selling it at a very low cost, which would necessitate lots of promotion and word-of-mouth to generate sales.
My question is, would you buy something like that? Would you get on PayPal and spend a dollar or two to read a story? Posting two-thirds of the story and charging for the ending seems scammy and likely to make people angry, but how much would you need to see before it was worth the money/trouble to read the rest? Even as I’m writing this it seems silly, I’m not a published writer. Why would someone pay for my story?
Then again, there is the fact that it’s good.
I think I will try submitting while I am at Frogman’s Print Workshops for the next two weeks and can’t possibly obsess over what’s happening or not happening, and if nothing pans out then up on the blog it goes.
What would you do, if you were in my shoes?