I began writing short stories as a kid and really worked on it in college. For my grad-school thesis, I wrote a short story collection. Some of those stories are in Evolvement, my chapbook-length story collection.
Date you electronically published your first story-
Dec. 31, 2010
Amount of effort you put into advertising your short stories-
I put in a fair amount of effort for the first few weeks. I didn't spend any money on advertising except for one KB Book of the Day ad that will appear next month. I did other things, like press releases, blogs, tweets, etc. Now, I don't do much and I kind of just let it happen.
The average length your individual short stories tend to be-
Amazon sales data
February=1 standalone (0 sales) and 2 mini-collections (4 sales)
March=1 standalone (0 sales) and 2 mini-collections (1 sale)
April=1 standalone (0 sales) and 2 mini-collections (2 sales)
May=1 standalone that went free this month (3992 sales) and 2 mini-collections (5 sales)
June=1 standalone, still free (1284 sales), 2 mini-collections (0 sales), and 1 medium-sized collection - 15,000 words (1 sale)
As a side note, I have a nonfiction essay collection about adjunct labor in higher ed that outsells my fiction as of now at Amazon.
Smashwords and its affiliates, including BN-
These numbers do not include coupons or promotions. Keep in mind that slaes results come back slowly from Smashwords affiliates and I don't have all the numbers yet for June or July. Also, March had "read and ebook week" and July was ebook month, so I gave away a lot of my ebooks for free. Those numbers aren't in here, except for the 1 standalone.
1 standalone has always been free at Smashwords and its affiliates: 3727
February=2 mini-collections (2 sales)
March=2 mini-collections (1 sale)
April=2 mini-collections (2 sales)
May-2 mini-collections (1 sale)
June=2 mini-collections (1 sale, all affiliate numbers not in) and 1 medium-sized collection (0 sales, all affiliate numbers not in)
July=2 mini-collections (0 sales, given away free at smashwords.com, all affilliate numbers not in) and 1 medium-sized collection (0 sales, given away free at smashwords.com, all affiliate numbers not in)