Happy Weekend, WG2E-Land!
This week, I launched my next Indie Epublishing Experiment with the release of my first short story – FLUID FULFILLMENT - Mom Squad Mini-Mayhem Mystery #1!!!
And in its first 24-hours, FLUID FULFILLMENT hit Amazon’s Top 100 Short Stories Bestseller List at #89!!!
I’m calling this experiment my “Prequels, Sequels and Short Stories, Oh My!” Experiment.
Here’s the scoop…
First…what are The Mom Squad Mini-Mayhem Mysteries?
Each Mom Squad Mini-Mayhem Mystery (short story) will feature at least one of my readers’ fave Bootscootin’ Books & Cozy Cash Mystery characters…The Mom Squad…the quirky-crazy, blue-haired Charlie’s Angels wanna-be’s!
You’ll get to meet their extended families PLUS learn the unique skill each Mom Squad Member has been trained-to by The Cozy Cash Mysteries’ QuarterMaster R.
FLUID FULFILLMENT – Mom Squad Mini-Mayhem Mystery #1 – features Roxy’s mom Lily Vaughn, who some say is now fairly gifted in Jujitsu. Think Victoria’s Secret meets Kill Bill
So why short stories and why now?
1. Remember my primary goal, as an Indie Epub Author, is to reach as many readers as I can. You do that my increasing the number of books you have on your cyber shelves as well as increasing the visibility those books have. The more books you have on your shelves, the more visibility you get.
2. You can crank-out short stories a helluva lot faster than full-length novels.
3. Readers’ attention spans, like all human attention spans, continue to get shorter due to the mass media, multi-media, ad-based society we now live in. Readers enjoy shorter stories they can read on their phones, ereaders, and tablets during their mass transit commutes. Stories they can read while waiting in their doctors’ offices. Stories they can read while waiting to pick-up their kids and/or grandkids. And the list goes on.
4. There is a HUGE, untapped market for short stories and anthologies!!! Try only 15, 900 available on Kindle, out of over 1 million titles!!! Only 55,000 out of 5 million titles on Amazon, including paper and ebooks!!!
Now then…all that said…why “Prequels and Sequels”?
While studying-up on short story ebook sales, I learned from many bestselling Indie Epub Authors that their short story sales were peanuts compared to their longer novels…BUT…and it’s a big ‘ole BUT…BUT, this was the case, because their short stories were just hodge-podge superfab stories having nothing to do with the series their readers thrived on.
I asked myself…
Our fave writer-esque question, right?
What If…I wrote short stories that WERE CONNECTED to the series my readers love and the series which are gettin’ me thousands of new readers per week – my Bootscootin’ Books and Cozy Cash Mysteries?!
Thus…I came up with…my new Mom Squad Mini-Mayhem Mysteries…beginning with FLUID FULFILLMENT, which is now available, and LICENSED FOR LOVE, which will be released the last week of this month (featuring Aunt Tulip – from Stompin’ on Stetsons - a Roz Focker-style sex therapist of Meet the Fockers fame, who’s now very Sarah Connor of The Terminator, meets Cliff the Mailman from Cheers):
Let’s take this another step further now…
In November, I’m partnering with our superfab Tonya Kappes, Lee Lopez and Talli Roland for the over-the-top, LOL Christmas Anthology MADNESS UNDER THE MISTLETOE!
***Note: Kindle Nation Daily will be featuring MADNESS UNDER THE MISTLETOE as their big book push the week between Christmas and New Years! Hello, New Ereaders Under The Christmas Tree!!!***
My contribution for that huge ‘ole gem of a read?!
HULLABALOO AND HOLLY TOO – a Cozy Cash Mystery Christmas Novella – which, along with my contribution to our WG2E All-For-Indies Winter Wonderland Anthology – A CUT ABOVE CRAZY – will be prequels to my January release…CARATS & COCONUTS (Cozy Cash Mystery #3), which is my next full-length novel.
See how all this fits together?
Basically, I’m bringing my readers and fans along for each new Bootscootin’ & Cozy Cash Adventure.
Once my reader peeps fall in love with my characters and their worlds, I want to keep bringin’ ‘em new bits and pieces of those worlds.
Oh, and as far as Price Points, I’m keeping all my short stories at the 99 Cent Price, and will then be combining them into their own Ebook Boxed Sets in 2012 and beyond. Our Christmas Anthology will be $2.99. Our WG2E Anthologies $3.99. My Boxed Sets will be around $4.99.
It’s Your Turn, WG2E-Land…Are any of y’all doing anything like this? And if you’re not, what are your thoughts about my latest experiment?
The Best of The WG2E Prequels Sequels and Short Stories Oh My Wishes — D. D. Scott
P.S. And wait ’til y’all see the cover for MADNESS UNDER THE MISTLETOE…wow is it ever over the moon superfab too!!!