“Errant” Free This Month

This month only, care of the good people at Smashwords, you can read my historical novelette, “Errant” for free. It’s available in any format, which means you can read it online, as a PDF, as a text file, for your Kindle, ePub, Sony Reader, etc. All you have to do is go to the Smashwords site and download it in your preferred format, using the coupon code SSWSF.

Have you been curious about the killer unicorn series but want to start small? This is a stand-alone novelette!

Have you been wanting to read it but are flat broke? It’s F-R-E-E!

I love this story. It’s my first published work to be written in third person perspective, it’s my first historical, and it’s chock-full of fine ladies, warrior nuns, and of course, killer unicorns.

Check out this 2010 Locus Recommended Read, which Publisher’s Weekly called “A harsh and poignant take on the unicorn myth,”and Booklist was was a “deliciously dark tale of unlikely nuns and even more unlikely unicorns.”

For Free This Month!

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7 Responses to “Errant” Free This Month

  1. Thank you, Diana. I can’t wait to read it. =o)

  2. Amy says:

    Aww… Just after I already bought the short story collection book with it in there… ah well… the money’s going to a bunch of good authors.

  3. Diana says:

    Thanks, guys. Sadly, Amy, the money doesn’t go to the writers — we wrote those stories for flat fees. But I appreciate you buying the collection anyway!

    One of these days I’ll get around to writing something original for the ebook market.

  4. Amy says:

    oh… hm… well, you learn something new everyday. I didn’t know that. Well it was well worth the money anyway, they are all very well written.

  5. Diana says:

    Don’t worry about it, Amy! When you buy a book, the thought should be about what you want to read — like you said — and not on what we did or didn’t get paid for writing it. I’ve written a lot of short stories and I’ve been paid vastly different amounts for them — some I’ve done for thousands of dollars, some for hundreds, some for free. But when I’m writing it I don’t think to myself: “Okay, I don’t care what crap I put down since I’m only getting $55 for this.” I think about telling a good story. There’s a reader out there who has never read my work before, and I want her to like it. There’s a reader that could care less what I was paid or even if I was paid — SHE paid for the story, and she wants a good one. So you’re absolutely in the right. Believe me, if we didn’t accept the terms in the contract, we wouldn’t have been in the anthology.

    The math on the running press anthologies edited by Trisha Telep has been discussed a lot online recently and a lot of people are refusing to be in those types of anthos now. We were paid $250 apiece for the stories, flat fee. If you assume standard royalty rates, that money was made back after ~4k sales, and that’s assuming the anthology was not sold in any other territories or formats (it was). That’s far less than I know the book has sold, and anything over that was the editor’s payment. (Note, it’s standard in antho contracts for the editors to take cuts). However, all other anthologies I’ve agreed to be in are either charity affairs or include royalty payments.

    For me, it was a good deal because it put me in a collection with a lot of big name authors where I could write about unicorns (and hopefully garner interest in my books), AND it left me the rights to my story, which meant I could put it out in an individual way (like I have). So I’m happy.

  6. Amy says:

    I actually bought it because I saw that it had approximately six authors that I absolutely loved and the others looked equally as interesting. So it’s more interesting than anything else that the authors get paid a flat fee for it. I just sort of assumed that the royalty concept was used for all books.

    Thank you for clearing that up for me. I enjoy learning something new, it makes my day of surfing random sites on the internet feel productive.

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