Excited about my soon-to-be-released book, Fifty-Word Stories: Volume One? Not nearly as excited as I am!
Well, ok. Maybe you haven’t even heard of FiftyWordStories.com before. It’s the website I created where I post a new story containing exactly fifty words every single weekday. I launched the site on February 22, 2009, and posted a new story every day (including weekends) for a year, and began my second year’s worth of stories in July 2010. (Year Two is halfway to being complete!)
Last summer I also began working on putting together a book containing the best stories from my first year. I put a ton of work into it, then thought I had lost the files, then found them back again, and finally managed to polish everything up into a completed state. I designed a book cover using some royalty-free art that I purchased through fotolia.com, taught myself how to format an ePub, and, just this week, announced the release date as January 31, 2011!
The completed book has the 100 best stories I wrote during Year 1. It also includes an assortment of nanofiction stories, which are stories that fit within a single post on Twitter, as well as several pages of tips and suggestions to help you write your own microfiction.
I put a ton of time into this book, and I’m really proud of what I’ve created.
I don’t want to promise anything that I may not follow through on, but yes, I did name this book Volume One for a reason. Now that I’ve put one book together, I feel that much more confident in my ability to assemble another one, and I’ve spent the past six months writing a whole bunch of new stories with which I can do just that. So assuming that I finish this current year of writing, and that Volume One performs well enough to make selling another volume worthwhile, there should be a Volume Two sometime between the end of Year Two and, let’s say, Christmas 2011 (with the release date dependent on what’s going on in my life, of course).
After that, who knows? Trilogy, anyone? Heh, now I’m just getting way ahead of myself!