George Sportelli invited me to write some plots for a comic project he is working on. I was delighted to be asked and the short nature of the project allowed me to be brief and not ramble off on a 200 page idea. Scripting is a neat challenge as I get to present things without narrating them. I never have that luxury in writing. I also rarely am given permission by someone else to be as crazy as I want to. It has been a wonderful experience.
While discussuing self-publishing, George suggested that I start printing my catalog of stories. My ego loves the idea. Buddha knows I have enough stories, the question then becomes, which stories? Sometimes I feel like I have more styles than Madonna. I have already given these stories away for free, which ones would readers pay for?
Not that making money is really a concern. I have no delusions about my readership. Heck, I am such a cheapskate I am not sure I would pay for them. I wrote for money once and the truth of the matter is I took the money mostly for the prestige of being paid for writing. I am secure enough in myself that I don’t need that kind of recognition. Cell Phone Slave will never be as famous as Anita Blake, but I am proud of what I write. My stories are good and at the end of my life, that is all I will care about.
Still, I should charge something if for no other reason than to pay for the art I want to commission for the covers. I hate attaching money values so I might just go with five dollars as a catch all price. Being a cheapskate, I will work hard to make sure five dollars buys a bunch of Shon Richards fun.
So Cell Phone Slave is a given. I mean, I have to publish that one. This Choose-Your-Own-Porn story is a given too. That leaves a couple of other longer stories that I think deserves a chance in PDF format. I’m putting up a poll to get your feedback.