I’ve had two different small press publishing houses query me for a short story collection. I find this to be amusing, considering I haven’t written anything new in nearly two years. It is gratifying to be asked, for sure, but frustrating at the same time. A guy drowns the internet promoting his publishing company for years and years to mixed success (okay, two Hugo Award nominations are nice…), and yet it is my little read short fiction that draws the most attention.
Of course, if I do go forward with a Sizemore collection of short fiction, then I would need To Do Things. Stuff like maintain this blog. Actually post to it on a regular basis. Instead of spending 100% of my energy promoting Apex titles, some of that effort will need to go toward promoting my book. Also, I would need to find the time to write several new stories to include in the collection.
Another publishing option that many friends in the publishing business have advocated is that I self-publish a Sizemore collection via Apex. This appeals to me as a sound financial strategy.
You can tell I’m waffling and stalling, mostly because I’m not sure what the right play here is. What do my small cadre of readers think?
Would you buy a collection of Sizemore fiction? The last thing I want this to be is an exercise in futility.