So, back in August, in between finishing the first draft of Unity Alpha and starting on revisions, I took time out to write a short story, called “Charred Wheat.” I wanted to keep writing, but wanted to do something different, just to clear my head. I came up with something I liked, and even submitted it to a couple of science fiction magazines. It didn’t sell, which didn’t really surprise me. The major magazines get tons of submissions and are very picky about what they buy.
Recently, Amazon intoduced of the “KDP Select” program, which allows Amazon Prime members to borrow Kindle books for free, and pays authors based on the number of times their books are borrowed. This intrigued me, but one of the requirements was that any title enrolled in that program had to be exclusive to Amazon. I didn’t want to take Unity Alpha out of the other sales channels, even though most of the (admittedly few) sales I’ve had have been on Kindle. So, I decided to format my short story for the Kindle and make it available as part of KDP Select.
Now, I’m not giving this story away for free; I’m charging $0.99 for it. However, if you are an Amazon Prime subscriber, you can borrow it for free. I doubt I’ll get much, if any, money for this, since I believe it has to be borrowed quite a few times before it qualifies for any kind of payout. But, I’m using this more as promotion for Unity Alpha. I figure if I can even get a few people to borrow my short story, then get interested in my book, I might get some sales that way. To further that, the short story includes the prologue and the first two chapters of Unity Alpha at the end of the document.
You can find links to purchase “Charred Wheat” on this page, or in the menu on the left or at the top of the page.