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Giving away free stories or how to make your bank manager explode

If first you don't succeed, try again. After that, just publish it yourself and move on.

If first you don't succeed, try again. After that, just publish it yourself and move on.

I’m trying this whole new concept of building a community and actually having some tangible sense of connection with readers. This generally involves me giving away stuff and letting people read short fiction for free. My bank manager doesn’t really talk to me anymore; it’s more like a series of sighs. He’s stopped shaping words. It’s a cry for help. He can’t understand why I’d rather have a subscriber than a customer. It’s made him smaller, I think. I’m pretty sure he’s half an inch shorter, weighed down by the ludicrous proposition. But to you, the freeloading (smart) son/daughter of a bitch (probably a very nice woman) who seeks to exploit (accept my invitation) a struggling writer (actually I’m doing okay), the bottom line is: you can read horror stories online free.

The upside is that I now have website visitors. They’re real people. There’s a real person on my site, reading stuff as I write this post. A real person. How amazing is that? If you’d told me that was possible a year ago, I would have slapped you, assuming you’d become hysterical. Now I might have a hundred people roaming around and reading stuff each day. I’m humbled. I also figure I need to throw more berley at you if I want to maintain the feeding frenzy, particularly free shorts.

So I’m easing back on the short fiction submissions to magazines. I’ve started shooting fairly high (the big markets), and after a couple of rejection slips I’ll just publish the work here, or try to work out how to make it exclusive to subscribers (if it’s something more beefy like a novella). So there will be a few larger items popping up shortly. This new strategy may also have something to do with the fact I’d rather spend my time writing novels.

And remember that subscribers get a free ebook. That doesn’t extend to blog registrations so make sure you a/ subscribe via the form; and b/ respond to my email if you want a book (make sure it didn’t end up in your junk folder).

Probably a new story each week. Enjoy.

P.s. I haven’t had a motor bike accident this month, which means there’s been a 100% decrease in accidents since last month, which was already boasting 79% decrease from the month before. I’ll try to publish a graph to illustrate this encouraging trend.

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