I self-published a short story today! Last week, I got the final rejection on a beloved YA short story (“Strong writing but we don’t publish YA” — I didn’t read that anywhere on the submissions page). I had sent it to quite a few literary journals (one that even paid) but alas it was never accepted. I was not doing myself nor my story any favors by having it languish on my Macbook, so I decided to publish it myself. I created a cover on Canva for $1 (I don’t recommend this, but I’m low on funds), paid $20 for a quick copy edit (this I do recommend spending money on) and formatted it, only to have a lovely KBoards author reformat it so I wouldn’t embarrass myself (thanks, Pete!). And then I spent a few hours trying to figure out the best keywords to get the book visible. I created an account on Kindle Direct Publishing and uploaded everything. Summarizing all this makes it look like this was a quick process when, in fact, it took up a lot of time. So much so, I haven’t done revisions on my novella in a week. Despite this, I feel energized. I’m sure I’ll feel pretty crappy in a week when no one has bought the story and it’s sitting on page 1,200 on Amazon’s search results, but for now I’m excited. I truly believe authors need to be fed a diet of their own work in order to survive. Meaning: write and publish. Write and publish.
Here’s the summary to One Night if you’re interested.
After Margot Green helps move her older sister into the University of Miami dorms, she just wants to go home to New Jersey where she can wallow in her loneliness. Unfortunately for Margot, her parents decide to extend their trip to the Florida Keys where they sign up for a kooky tour of historic Key West. Margot is horrified to have to traipse around hotter-than-Hades Old Town with her embarrassing parents until she meets Sam, an enigmatic local, who convinces her to embark on a spooky adventure that will inevitably lead to discovery and heartache.
You can buy it on Amazon or read it for free if you subscribe to Kindle Unlimited.