SKILLS NOT USED GET RUSTY
I spent my working time today gathering everything I have in the way of text for the short story, a prequel to Pride’s Children, that I’m getting ready to publish on Amazon.
When I did the ebook formatting for PC: PURGATORY, I spent so much time tweaking Scrivener’s Compile function, to get everything to look just right, that I worried I’d never get the details out of my head.
And yet here, a bit over a year later, I can’t remember ANY of it.
Somehow, wisely, I left breadcrumbs for myself
Because it is something I send to people who request it (after they read my post on structure), I took the trouble to clean up the Novel With Parts template that I use, which is just Scrivener’s template of the same name, but with many areas prefilled or suggested.
And with the same Compile setup that I used to produce the novel’s epub file.
But it is not a short story template (reminder to self: produce one), and a 167K novel needs more parts and sections than a 1.5k short story.
But it has been extraordinarily difficult to remember why those parts were there, how I figured out the headers and footers and front and back matter, and making the decisions to delete what I don’t need.
I am nervous because I’ve never published a short story on Amazon
and it is very short.
Even with some fill-in bits, it is very short. Even if I tell people right up front that it’s short, I have this feeling of impostor syndrome.
And yet, there are no words I would add to it. It is the right length for what it tells, and a critical bit to understand Andrew. It took months to get right, to make spare, to give both a flavor of his mind and an account of an important happening which has changed him.
It’s free on Wattpad and on my blog, but some people haven’t read it here (please do so if you like). And I will have the temerity to set its price at 0.99, which, by coincidence, is the amount I’m charging today for the whole of Pride’s Children: PURGATORY.
Pricing messes with my mind. Since I also do it differently from many indies, I can’t follow easy guidelines. I want the story on Amazon for anyone who would like their own copy in a Kindle file with a cover. This authoring thing is weird.
I’ll figure it out. The next short story will be easier. It isn’t brain surgery. It’s just a little story.
Too Late: coming soon. If it hadn’t been for the shenanigans in Washington, I’d be finished.