Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Viability of a Seed -- A Short Story by Brady Frost

For those of you out there who've been following my blog for a while, you'll know that I started writing a short story entitled The Viability of a Seed about two years ago. This was a very hard story for me to write. If you enjoyed my previous short story, The Boy in the Window, I really do believe that you'll love this one. If you're only into action writing, this might not be your bag.

A lot goes into writing a story, even a short one such as this. While short stories don't have the market value of novels, it might be said that they can be harder to write. When you're sitting around 3-4k words, you really have to examine the value of the words you choose. Each one has to count for something. This is a lesson I've been trying to learn over the past few years. I hope I've grown as writer and that this story will prove to be both enjoyable and thought-provoking. I'd enjoy your input, even if you simply respond with an "I read it." When we think about situations like this, it might be easy to assume that a writer is somehow more than human, and doesn't really need your support. Though I highly doubt it, this might be true of bestselling authors -- but we little guys need to know we're being heard. We don't have sales to fuel us on. We don't have publishers putting up deadlines, clear evidence that there is some kind of demand for our work. We tell stories because it's in our blood. We can't really ignore it, but knowing that someone out there took the time to read what we've written is so important when it comes to the decision of whether to put ourselves out there to the masses in the future. 

As for now, while I know that posting my stories to my blog would help a bit with exposure, I'm looking for more dedicated and supportive readers who will be willing to go just a bit further to read what I've written. Instead of posting the story up in plain text, I will provide a free link to my public Dropbox where you can download the PDF and read it at your convenience. If you download it to an electronic device, you will not need internet access in order to read it. I might change my mind and post it up here at some point in the future, but I'm still considering the option of putting together a collection of short stories to self-publish on the e-reader platforms.

If you read my previous post, you'll know how excited I am about the new Kindle Fire and what it means to the struggle to get books and short stories into the hands of readers in this new era. Some may argue that we lose a lot by moving away from traditional publishing houses and print media, but there comes a time when you have to embrace the new way of things and be willing to try to influence the outcome rather than fight the losing battle.

I honestly believe that in a matter of years we'll not only see a larger market share of e-publications, but we'll start to see people rolling their stories into interactive tablet and phone apps. With the new Kindle and Nook tablet e-reader platforms that have just been announced for the holiday season, we're moving away from simple e-readers. The world is definitely changing.

Touching back on supporting non-established writers, I'll offer you this. I put this link up on Facebook and Google+ a couple of days ago. So far, I only have 5 confirmed reads. As far as I know, none of my siblings have taken the time to read it. My mom hasn't read it. If comments on this blog are any indication, my family doesn't take the time to read what I post here. Perhaps they do. It could be that they choose to lurk, reading but not posting comments. My Google Analytics would argue against it, but I will admit that I could be wrong. The point is, unless you take the time to comment, there's really no way of knowing that you're cheering on the sidelines.

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UPDATE:
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The Viability of a Seed is now currently available on Amazon Kindle and Kobo.
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