So, I’ve sent off the submission email this afternoon and I’m waiting to hear…
Yes, I’ve proffered my short story Undergrowth forward to the Kindle Singles programme. I’ve been through their submission guidelines with a fine tooth comb (I’ve always wondered: does such an implement exist?) and they clearly state that its a programme open to all, established and indie authors a like.
Now, having briefly looked at the current Kindle Singles Best Seller list and seen the usual likes of Lee Childs, Karin Slaughter et al, I’m a little cynical as to what chance a new indie author has of being selected? Have the established names and publishing houses got this sown up? Possibly. It makes sense from a business perspective. Still, as the saying goes, nothing ventured, nothing gained.
Of course, this is the big test for the indie author, isn’t it? Instant self publishing on the internet is mind boggling, especially on such a commercially succesful platform/site, but how the hell does one get noticed? Hence a platform such as Kindle Singles, with its Amazon powered on-site PR, is so attractive. But there must be far more accessible avenues out there for the fledgling writer such as me?
This is something I need to learn and fast. Sure, there’s a greater reason I’m writing than just business (self esteem and artistic satisfaction come first) but it would be nice to sell some copies, right? After all, having put in all that blood, sweat and ink, it would be heartening to have my work read by a wider audience than just family and friends!
I feel like I am at the bottom of a huge learning curve and, looking up, it seems as steep as Everest!
Where’s a Sherpa when you need one…?