So...yeah. I actually decided to do this. My original short story, "Ala ad-Din," is now available through Kindle Direct Publishing.
Click on the cover to head straight to the Amazon listing!
Now, those of you who know me may be saying, "Addley, why are you doing this? Don't you hate e-books? And despise the slapdash nature of the average self-publisher?"
The answer is: Yes, yes I do, on both accounts. But I'm also not an idiot. While the concept of actually reading an e-book makes me cringe, I know that they're not going to go away. And, while certain self-publishers with slapdash design and self-righteous arrogance drive me to tear at my throat like I've caught Hinamizawa Syndrome (obscure joke), I can't deny that the current marketplace is an excellent venue for things that wouldn't get traditionally published as stand-alones, like short stories, novellas, and the more esoteric genres.
And that's why I'm doing this. Ala ad-Din is mostly to test the water - I had the story sitting around, its rights reverted to me after Dante's Heart took the first printing, and I had an idea for the cover - but if it works, it won't be the last. I've got a handful of other stories that I know won't sell in the traditional market, either because it was written for too specific a market or because the genre doesn't technically exist in English, and after giving it a lot of thought, I think that self-publishing is the way to go with them.
So consider this a branch of my creative endeavors. If nothing else, it will be an interesting experiment.
In case you missed the link up there, you can purchase "Ala ad-Din" through Kindle Direct Publishing on Amazon.com. It's only $0.99, so help a girl out, huh?