Alright, now that the details are settled, I am here to announce the release date for my first story! I know it took me a while to get this info to everyone, but I’ve been working to make sure everything’s in order. On the plus side, the wait is almost over.
“Specimen 25” will be released this Friday, August 29th for download via the Kindle Store on Amazon.
For anyone with a Kindle it should be really easy to get a copy, but if you don’t have one that’s alright. You can download one of Amazon’s Free Kindle Reading Apps for your home computer, tablet, or smartphone. That should let you read the story on just about any compatible device. I’ll be sure to share the link to the Amazon page when “Specimen 25” goes live on Friday.
Maybe I’ve said this before, but I think it’s worth repeating: this story is strange. Maybe the image on the cover hints at it, but believe me when I say that that’s only a sampling of the weirdness contained within. Consider this a final, friendly word of caution.
There will be additional stuff going on here at my blog along with the release, so check back here this weekend if you’re interested in learning more about the world of “Specimen 25.” I’m really excited for this, and I look forward to this being the start of a long journey. I’ve put in lots of work to get to this point, but considering what I have planned for the future it’s really only the start–my bags have been packed, I’m double-checking everything one last time, and soon I’ll be ready to set forth.
I also want to take a moment to talk about a couple of key points. First, I want to quickly address my choice to publish this story exclusively on Amazon. There were multiple factors that led me to this decision, but the biggest reason is time. I work a lot, and as a result I have to manage my time. Amazon’s KDP site makes it relatively simple to publish my work, and right now they’re undeniably the leader in digital publishing. As of right now, I don’t have the time to juggle the responsibilities that would come with publishing across more than one retailer, and so I choose to go with the proven name.
The other thing I want to talk about is reviews. I have a favor to ask: if you read “Specimen 25” and you have a few minutes to spare, please consider leaving an honest review on Amazon–unless you’re one of my close friends or family. Reader reviews can mean a ton to new authors, even more so for those of us publishing without the support of a big house. And, of course, the other reason I ask is because I want to know what you think. One of my goals is to keep improving, and knowing how my readers feel about my stories is an essential piece of that. Whether you think the story sucks or you enjoy it, I want to hear about it.
It might seem strange that I’m singling out my friends and family in that last paragraph, but there’s an important reason I did that. There are many in the self-publishing world, including me, who consider online reviews from relatives to be a form of cheating or gaming the system. The reason is that these reviews, in spite of their good intentions, are inherently biased–and the point of reviews is to inform potential readers, which means they should be unbiased. So, instead of encouraging those closest to me to leave a review, I ask that you simply spread the word. Tell people about my story, let them know I’m self-publishing, and maybe they’ll go get a copy of their own.
Thank you to everyone that has supported me in this endeavor. I’ve had a great deal of help along the way, and I’m grateful for every person that pushed me to pursue my craft, every teacher that helped me learn to do what I love to do, and all the people who, in so many ways, shaped the course of my life.