This is the second time I’ve gotten an email about taking down The Keeping of Greg Wilson and discontinuing my plan to write novellas, esp. Mitch’s Win. The reason I’ve decided to do this is because of the 1-star reviews I kept getting on The Keeping of Greg Wilson for being ‘too short’.
I set The Keeping of Greg Wilson as a free read on Smashwords, so it was free on B&N, Kobo, Sony, Diesel, and Apple. And yet, I kept getting feedback from people who didn’t like it because it was ‘too short’. The book was free. I don’t see why so many people complain about a free story, but they do. On Amazon, I had to price it at $0.99. I have no control over whether Amazon puts my book up for free or not, and the lowest they would let me go was $0.99. But even if it had been free on Amazon, I’m sure people still wouldn’t have liked it because it was too short since people who did get it for free complained that it was too short.
Anyway, I’ve learned that my time is better spent working on full-length novels I can actually be paid for so when I get the 1 and 2-star reviews, at least I’m earning something from them.
Look, being an author comes with a lot of highs and lows. I’m not complaining, so please don’t take this post the wrong way. I’m just explaining why I took The Keeping of Greg Wilson down and will no longer write novellas or short stories. I’ve found it doesn’t pay off in the end. I need to spend my time on things that do pay off, and my full-length novels pay off. They are more popular and satisfactory to me and others. The full-length novels are a win-win.