Right now I’m pretty snowed under with current projects. The copyedited manuscript of Artemis Awakening arrived last week and I’ve been reviewing that. I’m immersed in writing the sequel – still AA2, as far as a title goes. I’ve promised an original short story to a charity anthology by the end of November and an original “Change War” novella to Steve (S.M.) Stirling for some time early in the year. Then there’s all the work that comes with the impending release of Treecat Wars in October and Artemis Awakening in May.
However, that doesn’t mean I’m not thinking ahead to what to do in other arenas. As some of you know, I brought back into print as both e-book and print-on-demand my Avon novels Changer (with an original introduction) and Legends Walking (now with its original title, Changer’s Daughter and an introduction that explains why I made the switch). I’ve also done a short story collection called Star Messenger, featuring three short stories about continuing character Captain “Allie” Ah-Lee.
At the year’s Bubonicon, I was asked several times if I intended to do other e-books or print on demand projects. I’m too busy to write anything new, but I think I can find time to get together the material for either a re-release of one of my early novels or a short story collection from my selection of over sixty published short stories.
I’m curious as to what readers might be interested in. Certainly, based on sales figures for the three books I already have out, the reprinted novels have out-sold the short story collection.
Are readers at all interested in short fiction? If so, would the preference be for a collection of inter-related stories (such as I did with Star Messenger) or a broader sampling? Would the addition of a never-before published piece make a short story collection more appealing?
As for novel reprints, my choice would be limited to some of my Avon titles, since I believe that all the novels I have written for Tor are currently available as e-books. My first Avon novel, Brother to Dragons, Companion to Owls has already been reprinted. That leaves Marks of Our Brothers, The Pipes of Orpheus, Smoke and Mirrors, and When the Gods Are Silent. If you’re not familiar with these novels, I’ve included a little about each on the Novels page of my website. (www.janelindskold.com)
I’d welcome some preliminary feedback to help me sort out my options. After all, I already have copies of all my stories. I’d like to make sure that whatever comes out is something people would be interested in reading.