How did you become interested in short stories?
I’ve always liked short stories since I first read Poe.
As an author, do you think writing short stories is worthwhile? Why?
I write short stories as a break from my larger works or when I feel the need to put something down on paper as a result of something I've seen or heard that affected me.
What types of short story promotion have worked for you?
I've used my short stories as a means to promote my name recognition, not as an income generator. His First Kill is available free on Smashwords, and I have done well with it. I’ve recently made my two other shorts free, since I’m interested in reaching new readers more than making any money on them. The titles of these two stories is: A Whale Of A Myth and A Memorable Weekend.
Do you consider 99 cents to be a fair price for a standalone short story? Why or why not?
I think it’s fair, but there seems to be resistance to paying even a dollar for a short story, so selling them is a problem, especially since many full length novels are now being sold for that price. I don't know the answer to our question, since most sites like Amazon have that $0.99 lower limit.
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