July 1st has a lot of power. Not as much as January 1st, but close. It’s a great time to start something new.
Actually, for me, I’m going to continue something old. Well, sort of. But this time, I’m going to take a challenge a little farther, using the new world of publishing even more. Some will call this insane, granted, but fun.
Let me explain
I had thought about just starting the old challenge (a challenge I now call Challenge One) again after the last day when I wrote the last challenge story last September. I figured that finishing up the 100 short stories from there before the end of the year would be fun. I had done 32 up to that point, so what was another 68 stories in 3.5 months? A challenge, right?
But honestly, I’m looking at getting back to writing now. Not really at any great speed for me, but I want to start before the middle of September.
And I have cleared all traditional novel deadlines for the moment. So here comes July 1st, a great starting point.
New Short Story Challenge
I’m calling this one Challenge Two.
Here are the basics:
Challenge One was to do 100 short stories from titles in one year. I started it on January 1, 2011 and it got put on hold by my friend’s death in August of 2011. I tried to continue it in September, but alas the estate and probate problems took my full attention. So Challenge One ended after only thirty-two stories.
Challenge Two is starting on July 1st, 2012 and will run through June 30th, 2013.
The challenge for Challenge Two has three parts.
First, it is to write and publish over 100 short stories in one year.
Point 1: And all stories will start only from a title.
Point 2: I will do a post about the writing of each story, how it started, where I got the title, what problems I had in the writing, and so on. (You can get the links to the writing of the first 32 stories under the tab Challenge above. I will link all the new posts on the writing of the stories on that page as well as I write them.)
Point 3: I will post each story for free on this web site. The story will remain here until the next story is published.
Note: As in Challenge One, if I write a story and Kris tells me to send it to a major magazine, it will not count in this new challenge.
Part Two of Challenge Two:
Each book on Challenge Two will be put into an electronic edition and a stand-alone 5 x 8 inch trade paper.
Point #1: I will have each story for sale electronically (sometimes doubled up on the shorter stories) for $2.99.
Point #2: I will have the paper editions of each story, with each article about the writing of the story, in paper for $4.99. Granted, these will be thin books, but will look like any other trade paper.
Point #3: Each paper book will be numbered with the story number of the challenge. So they will form a set.
Each paper book will also have a free code inside that will allow you to get the electronic version of the short story for free.
Crazy, yes, but I’m not done.
Part Three of Challenge Two:
Subscription to the Challenge
Part One: I will have a subscription set up for anyone to get AT LEAST 6 stories (each in paper) mailed to you per month. Paper copies will all be signed by me, for a subscription price of $25.00 per month.
Electronic subscription for only electronic editions will be $10.00. They will be sent at the same time as the paper in an e-mail with Smashwords gift codes to get any form of the book free on Smashwords.
Math…$25 divided by 6 is $4.17 per book. I pay postage. If I do 9 stories in one month, the math is $25.00 divided by 9 is $2.77 per book for both the paper and a free code for the electronic story.
For electronic, if I do nine stories, you get each for about $1.11 each.
Math… I need to do 100 stories in 12 months which means I need to average over 8 stories per month. So some months will be only six books, some months will be ten books. Same subscription price.
Part Two: If for some reason some month I do not finish six stories, I will include with your subscription a free signed collection of one or more of my novels or collections signed to make up the difference. There will always be at least six paper books or more mailed each month to each person who subscribes. And six electronic books to those who subscribe through the electronic method. Plus the codes inside of each paper book to get a free copy of the electronic editions of all the paper books.
Part Three: If you subscribe for the entire year, you will end up with all 100 challenge stories, numbered 1-100, signed, in paper. Plus some extra signed books along the way. A nifty set.
Part Four: You can cancel your subscription at any time.
Challenge Two is that I will write 100 short stories in the next year and indie publish all of them. Each will also be for sale electronically and in a thin trade paper book. Each paper book will have a code for a free electronic copy of the same story.
Understand these paper books will range from 30 pages to 100 pages in length.
I will start each story from a title and will write about the writing of each story and post each story here for free until the next story is finished. Each article about the writing of the story will remain up here and will be included in the paper edition.
For the $25 subscription price per month, you can get at least six and maybe a lot more paper books per month. All will be signed and mailed in one package each month. Each package will be mailed to subscribers around the tenth of every month for the books from the previous month. (Overseas and Canada subscribers to the paper edition use the $40.00 button.)
For the $10.00 electronic subscription price per month, you can get at least six and maybe a lot more electronic books per month. All will be sent in Smashwords gift codes and in the same e-mail letter around the tenth of every month for the books from the previous month
You can cancel your subscription at any time, or jump in at any time. A subscription any time during the month will get you all of that month’s books. I will have the subscription buttons with each story.
I will also do all the stories in collections in both electronic and paper editions. And subscribers will also be given free electronic editions of those as well as the year goes on.
So stay tuned and follow the challenge this year. Read the articles about writing each story. Watch the ups and down.
It’s going to be great fun for me, that’s for sure. I am so excited about getting back to really writing again. And this year I have no novel deadlines yet, so this could really get interesting. I might just go right on past 100 stories, and subscribers will just keep getting the books as I go.
Paper Subscription: $25.00
Electronic Only Subscription: $10.00
Paper Subscription With Out-of-country shipping: $40.00
Subscriptions will start for the stories written in July 2012. Subscriptions will be for twelve months and can be cancelled at any time. The subscription amount will be withdrawn from your account once each month. Both electronic and paper subscription copies will be sent on the 10th of the following month. All electronic subscriptions will be sent in Smashwords gift codes so the books can be downloaded in any form.