Category Archives: Short stories as a marketing tool

My Last Confession

There’s a new (free) short story available from Michael Brookes: My Last Confession. If you get a chance to read it, please take the time to leave a review and perhaps pick his the novel – The Cult of Me … Continue reading

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A True Friend

There’s a new (free) short story available from Karen Aminadra: A True Friend. If you get a chance to read it, please take the time to leave a review and perhaps pick up the larger collection of stories – Life … Continue reading

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Update: The first batch of stories for 2012 go live on 25th March

Do already offer a short story for free? Perhaps it’s loosely linked the imaginary world of a full length novel. Perhaps it’s been sitting on a shelf for the last few years. Let’s think outside the box for a moment.  … Continue reading

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Hearts and Arrows, Anthology by Kindle Users Forum

Just in time for Valentine’s day… Overall rating: 4 stars Genre: Romance Towards the end of last October I had the pleasure of reading The Halloween Book from KUF; an anthology of Halloween themed short stories.  It was enjoyable, and … Continue reading

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Promoting indies – what would you like to see?

I’m currently burying my head in a PHP manual to get the website up and running* so now would be the best time for this… As an author or reader what would you like to see from the indieebooks.co.uk website? Stories … Continue reading

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The Halloween Book Volume II, by Kindle Users Forum

Overall rating: 4.5 stars Genre: Horror Ok, so this probably should have been posted a little earlier, but I had too much fun reading this anthology of short stories to get round to writing the review.  Available for free on … Continue reading

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Short stories as a marketing tool? (Part 2)

It’s not just self-publishers who are using short stories as a marketing tool. I came across a good example by Tess Gerritsen (Random House) currently available for free. Freaks by Tess Gerritsen (Randomhouse) Rating: 3.5 stars Genre: Crime A yound girl is found … Continue reading

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Short stories as a marketing tool?

I’m a keen believer in the power of a good sample.  For authors this could refer to sample chapters of a new book, or, as I highlight here, making short stories available for free.  As a marketing tool a good short story … Continue reading

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What makes a good short story?

Let’s start with the length – typically a short story is defined as being less than 7,500 words.  For a reader that could be an advantage when you are an unknown author as they don’t have to dedicate a substantial amount … Continue reading

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Re-evaluating the book market

What are the costs involved with producing a good book?  It starts with the author… who may have their book edited and proofread. The finished text will then need to be formatted correctly (for print or e-books). The author or … Continue reading

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