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Short story sales stats Kathleen Valentine
Your past short story writing history- I've been writing short stories for over ten years. I've had a number of short stories published in anthologies including three in Level Best Books' Crime Stories By New England Writers (Volumes 2, 4 &5). I've also published short "romatica" stories in e-collections by Ravenous Romance.
Date you electronically published your first story: I published my first collection of short stories, My Last Romance & other passions in paperback in 2006 and in e-format in 2009.
Amount of effort you put into advertising your short stories- medium - I list them on my web site and blog and have them listed on Goodreads and other author sites but that's about all
Genre(s)- crime/horror and romantic/love stories
The average length your individual short stories tend to be- they vary from 1500 words to 15,000 words.
Amazon sales data - From February thru the present I've had 2 short story collections (8 stories in each) and 1 stand-alone. In July I added a second stand-alone (The Crazy Old Lady In The Attic)
Mar. - 9
Apr. - 4
May - 14
June - 6
July - 130
Aug. - 53
The big surge in sales is due to The Crazy Old Lady In The Attic which has been doing very well.
Summary: With a marriage and business gone bust, Allen is left with one option––rent out the basement of his isolated house in the Adirondacks to help pay the bills. At first, Greg Shaw is the ideal tenant: quiet, respectful and always pays his rent in cash. His paranoid insistence that dangerous people are after him seems like a harmless quirk. But when a household accident leaves Greg with a broken neck, Allen finds more than just old music records among Greg’s belongings. A large sum of money sits in a local bank and Allen, (a former child-actor) is faced with a decision: report the accident, or impersonate Greg to retrieve the money. Review: A classic tale of betrayal and greed. I really enjoyed this story. Despite the length the cast of characters were very fleshed out and memorable. The former child-actor going rogue was absolutely perfect. The twists and turns were interesting but done concisely, which kept the pace of the story moving forward in a way that was fit
There is a "Netflix Original" tv series called Marco Polo. I'm a sucker for historical shows, especially if they feature martial arts. Since this show had both I couldn't resist! As a short story writer, I really love this day and age we live in with TV series. I love how so many of them now tell sprawling tales with complex character development serial style. This style of storytelling is something that short story readers have known about since forever but only now does it seem to really be hitting the mainstream media. Marco Polo took that serial style one step further by creating a spin off short film (about 30 minutes long) that told the backstory of one of the reoccurring side characters, One Hundred Eyes. In the series, One Hundred Eyes is the kick butt martial arts master. What makes him even more hard core is that he's blind. Nothing is cooler than a blind kung fu master who can hear the enemy coming from a mile awhile. The short spin off fil
Summary: She's a banshee screaming, sugar-starved monster, and her zookeeper has left you all alone with her. That's what's running through twenty-nine-year-old Henry Dalton's mind, when his five-year-old stepdaughter, Rebecca, enters the room and utters these fatal words. "Where's Mommy?" Review: This is a touching story about two people in need of love and forming an unlikely family. Henry Dalton, the protagonist, is your very typical bachelor that has absolutely no interest in having a family. He's just "a guy" that wants to date Rebecca's mom. The circumstances of Dalton taking on Rebecca as his charge border on unrealistic by how fast everything occurs. I felt like more time could have been spent exploring Rebecca's mother. It wouldn't necessarily change the result of the story but perhaps add more emotional depth to the events that follow. Still, the story has a good pace to it. I enjoyed seeing