Once upon a time, I TP-ed George Clooney’s house. On paper–and not even toilet paper. I wrote a short story called TP-ing Casa de Clooney. When the Long and the Short of It review site posted it as their free read, I made mention of it here.
That resulted not so much in people reading the story (I think maybe three people have done that), but an avalanche of people searching for Mr. Clooney’s house. Amused by this, I wrote a post a month later about the impossibility of George Clooney living in my blog. I even included some photos of Mr. Clooney’s charming abodes.
This, as it turns out, was a mistake. The hits on that particular post, the one with the photos? Skyrocketed. It comes in waves, based, I assume, on spikes in celebrity gossip about Mr. Clooney. Does he have a new girlfriend? (I don’t know; it’s not my week to watch him.) Break up with said girlfriend because she used the word “marriage” in an interview? (You’d think they learn, no?)
So, just as I know when it’s high school book report season (hits on my review of Tamar by Mal Peet also skyrocket), I know when it’s open season on Mr. Clooney.
I suspect I’ll regret writing this blog post as well. Still, I’d like to make one thing clear:
It’s been five years and George Clooney still doesn’t live here.
Or should that be an old (new) release? I’m not sure, but hang on and I’ll tell you why.
A few months ago, I received the rights back to my short story The Trouble with Firsts that appeared in the 2009 Debs e-anthology The First Time (per the contract). I didn’t think much of it until I remembered that I had another YA short story that didn’t currently have a home. What if I used those two stories to walk through the process of publishing something online at Amazon and Barnes and Noble?
Advantages? Here’s what I thought:
- Clean, edited manuscripts pretty much ready to go
- Short length, making the formatting and technical review easier
- Low risk
It was surprisingly fun along with being educational. My goal isn’t to earn a lot of money with these stories–or even much at all–but to learn how the process works.
And it is also a low risk way to have some of my writing available to new readers as well. A 99-cent short story sampler versus $8.99 for Geek Girl? Some readers might want to go with the 99 cents to start. It’s nice I can give them that option.
So, without further ado, I give you: The Trouble With Firsts:
The e-book contains two short stories:
- The Trouble with Firsts: a story about first dates, prom, and humiliation–not necessarily in that order.
First published as part of The First Time e-anthology, October 2011
- Speechless: a story about not speaking up–and what happens when you finally do.
First published online as part of the launch for The Geek Girl’s Guide to Cheerleading.
So, there you have it. My new (old) release. Or my old (new) release. It’s available on:
(forthcoming ~ I’ll update this post when it goes live)
My guest blog post is up at Book Angel Booktopia. Go read why Pride and Prejudice is not a love story.
No, really. Go see why. I’m not going to tell you about it here.
Since I don’t talk a whole lot about works-in-progress or completed works that have no home, some of you might not know that I wrote a YA novel where part of the plot revolves around a high school synchronized swimming team. I based some of it on my high school days, and some of it not. Synchro has changed a lot over the years.
In the story, my main character and another girl swim a duet. In my mind, it looks like the video below. In reality? They wouldn’t be swimming at Olympic gold medal level.
I’m sure some of you have seen this. If not, click through and take four minutes from your day and enjoy.
Ishchenko and RomashinaWin Duet Gold