Quick Question About Book Length
I’ve now got ten short stories that I want to put together into a collection – Jeeves And The Singularity, Monologue, The Shakespeare Code, Occupational Elf, Bubble Universe, Print The Legend, Boltzmann And Boltzwomann, The Singularity, Free Will And Testament and one I’ve not yet posted here (it’s still under submission to a zine, but that zine has never yet bought anything from me so even though I think it’s a good story I don’t have high hopes it’ll get bought) called Rite Of passage.
The problem is that even with an introduction, that comes to only around eighty pages. That’s OK for an ebook, but is probably far too short for paper publication. Should I:
Give up — no-one’s interested in my fiction anyway (seems likely – the last few stories I’ve posted here have had little response)
Publish it as an ebook only
Wait til I have five or six more stories that fit (may be a very long time given the rate at which I produce stories and the fact that all these seem to have a common theme)
Publish a paper version as well anyway, even though because of POD costs it would be very expensive for what it is
Add on the Doctor Watson story, which would add about another 25 or 30 pages, even though I’m planning on doing a separate book of the Watson stories in in the future
It won’t be out for a little while no matter what — I’m waiting to hear about Rite Of Passage — but I’d be interested to know what people think.
Kinks post up in a couple of hours, Doctor Who tomorrow.