Over the next two weeks, I am going to PUSH to get the editing finished on the novel, so that I can put it into the hands of an editor. Also, I have a 8,000 word short story that I also want to release about the same time as the novel as a $.99 special on Amazon.com.
The short story is titled “Strange.” I am thinking of a marketing teaser that goes something like this:
Everything in this story is strange, from the name of the town to the personality of the male character to the abnormal fear of the female character to the strangely fatal miscommunication between them.
If you were a reader, how would that strike you? Does it make you curious about the content? Are you tempted to read the story? Let me hear from you. Your feedback is helpful to me. Thanks.
My goal for getting the short story onto Amazon.com is the end of June. There is much to do between now and then. I’ll share my learning curve–and mistakes–with you. Better you learn from my mistakes than have to make your own.
There will be cover art to commission, editing and formatting to accomplish, and finally uploading the manuscript. Then comes the marketing. If I come across as a little overwhelmed in the next few weeks, the impression will be accurate.
The teaser is intriguing, but the wording is a bit vague. I’d rather hear the name of the town (which, if strange enough, could almost be a teaser in itself), then be told something descriptive about the characters (show vs. tell) and end with a line about how all that crashes together, thus begging the reader to hear more. Just my two cents. 🙂
Love it. You give good advice. The town’s name is “Strange.” FYI.
I’ve read similar, I’m pretty sure. It’s ok, apart from the “female character” and “male character” – they feel like blank “fill-me-ins” on your own, if you know what I mean. :s
Thank you for giving me your thoughts. Very helpful. Now it’s back to the drawing board.