Worth a Cup of Coffee?
Recently, I’ve seen several McDonald’s marquees read “$1.00 coffee any size.”
That’s the price of my short story “Of Aether and Aeon.” $0.99.
It is a short story at 3500 words, the perfect length for a lunchtime interlude. Most short stories are between 2,000 and 5,000 words. Some of the greatest short stories in history are less than 3,000 words, like my favorite “Harrison Bergeron” by the great Kurt Vonnegut (2500) or “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Poe (2150). Even “The Lottery” by Shirley Jackson is the same length as mine at 3500 words.
Do you feel that’s worth the price of a cup of McDonald’s coffee?
Several readers have told me via Twitter and Facebook that they loved the story, but they got it for free during the initial promotion. There will be many more short stories in the future, and I need to know what they’re worth to my readers. If they’re not worth the price of a McD’s coffee, I’ll certainly have to try much harder.
For the next month, I’m going to give my short story “Of Aether and Aeon” away for free.
Go to Smashwords and download it for free using this code: SQ49T
It’s good for the next month. (through 9/26)
If you think it’s worth the $0.99, I’ll ask that you go buy it from Amazon on principal & leave a review there or at least a comment on this blog post. Also feel free to leave a review telling me it’s not worth it.
Or, alternatively, you can just send whatever you think it’s worth via PayPal: $0.25, a nickel, $10. $20!
Let me know if I’m worth it.