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A new universe and the short story

I am an idiot.  I don’t know why I didn’t think of this before.  But of course it took Hugh Howey to bring it out.

Let me back up.  Sometime last week Hugh put a short story of about 1000 words on KDP.  He admitted he didn’t care if it didn’t sell any copies at all.  He writes that he thought of the story in a cafe, wrote the story, and then did a few editing passes.  He also made the cover with the Amazon cover maker.

Brilliant.  Freakin’ Brilliant.

I am a small pathetic person.  So I was jealous.

But the world opened up when I thought this.

I am a busy person.  I don’t publish yet fast as I would like.  At least not full blown books.  But I can definately publish 3-5,000 word stories on a 2 week to monthly basis.

I have my book Dolbin School for the Extraordinary where I can write stories about the back stories of the dozens of characters in the book.

I could also write short stories and then collect them into one book as a collection.  Many writers do this.

This opens a new universe.  I have written before about thinking about writing in universes.

I like this idea.  I feel like I can write a short story without needing to put cash into the creation of the story.  Use friends to proof the read and learn to do my own cover.  This gives me an excuse to learn Illustrator.

Amazon even has short story categories.  I am ashamed for not putting this together sooner.

Here is Hugh Howey’s short story that inspired me.

So I decided to publish my own. This is a story I have been sitting on for awhile. It’s 5000 words. I have shortened it to 1,900 and am currently in the process of finding an illustrator to turn it into a picture book. 5,000 words is too long to be a read aloud picture book, so I wasn’t sure what to do with it. Hugh inspired me to put it up. I am learning Adobe Illustrator and I stink. So what. I’ll get better.

So here is my short story.

Aliens. Baseball. 99 cents.

Aliens. Baseball. 99 cents.

 

Are Music Labels and other publishers and middle men needed anymore?

Are music labels needed anymore?  I don’t need one. I’m not a musician   I did play trumpet in middle and school, but I hid in the second and third trumpet section for seven years.  I know, you’re impressed.  I also sing in my churches’ choir, but you may not want me to sing in yours.

But Alex Day is a good singer.  In fact he’s so good he recently beat Justin Timberlake in UK when he released his new album.  Now Timberlake is in movies, on the Jimmie Fallon show regularly, and he sells out concerts.  Yet Alex Day beat him.

Youtube beats bring sexy back...

Youtube beats bring sexy back…

Thanks to James Altucher for pointing this out.

I’m 39, so I had to ask “Who is Alex Day?”

Apparently he has big following on Youtube.  He makes regular videos interacting with fans, and he makes music.

But he is not on any major label.  If he can beat Justin Timberlake with no music label behind him then that begs the questions.  What is the purpose of a music label anymore?

Listen to Alex himself ponder the same question.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wjB_dtebaRQ]

This is now being played out in the publishing world. Some will disagree, but things are changing quickly. Joe Konrath is now fully self published through Amazon and makes tons more money than when we was a traditionally published writer.

Hugh Howey is currently criss-crossing the country promoting his book Wool. Yes, that book is being done through a traditional publisher Simon and Schuster, but Howey kept the digital rights to his books (smart) and only gave the print rights to the publisher, and the rights were bought by 20th Century Fox and Ridley Scott to turn it into a movie. All of this occurred only after he choose himself and self-published.

Now is the time to stop waiting on New York to ordain you a writer.  Or waiting on LA to give you a music contract or a movie contract.  Get up everyday and choose yourself.

Currently Createspace is the place to go and publish your book on Amazon and other places.  But you can also publish your music or movie into the Amazon world.  Think about that for just a minute.  With a group of friends, a video camera, and some basic software you can go out, make a movie and then have shown on Amazon Instant Video in MILLIONS of homes and get paid every time someone watches it.  The world isn’t going to change for artists.  IT HAS ALREADY CHANGED.

As I was writing this I listened to a few of Alex’s songs on Youtube.  I am now a fan.  That’s how that works.  Tower records didn’t tell me to listen to Alex, nor was he played on the car radio.  He was recommended by blogger, I listened, and am now a fan.  That is the 21st century.

Stop waiting for someone to Choose You.  Now you get up everyday and Choose Yourself.

Do that long enough and then everyone else will Choose You.

Here is an Alex Day song that already had over a million views but was new to me.
[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W7q1bHK8te0&w=560&h=315]