Tuesday, March 22, 2016

Sometimes, Short is Better!

As readers, we all want our favourite authors to write faster and publish more books, more quickly. The wait until the next new release can seem to take forever.

As authors, we strive to write the best books we can and deliver them as quickly as we can. But some of us simply aren't fast writers! A Perfect Compromise came out in February, and my next release won't be until 2017. Sigh.

This has been my dilemma and I hope I've found a solution.


About eighteen months ago, I was asked to take part in an anthology of bite-sized romances for Christmas, Tiny Treats. The challenge was to write a short story, Christmas-themed, featuring one of my New Jersey Ice Cats. How hard can that be, you might think? Well, it's a whole different ball game to write a story that's 1200 words long, when you're used to writing books that are almost 90,000 words long!



So, I gave it a shot and had lots of lovely compliments about A Perfect Party.

Then, I was asked to contribute another short story, in a second Tiny Treats anthology, for St. Patrick's Day. That's how A Perfect Lucky Charm was born. For fun, I offered my readers a free download of those stories, for a limited time, on my website.


Having done those two and had great feedback on them, I decided to do a few more. So, last autumn, I gave away three, holiday-themed, New Jersey Ice Cats short stories on my website. One for Halloween, A Perfect Disguise, one for Thanksgiving, A Perfect Reunion, and one for winter, A Perfect Storm. Then, I wrote A Perfect Bouquet for Valentine's Day.

Again, readers loved them. But, some had only discovered the short stories too late and so had missed out on a couple. Now, we all know what it's like, not to have a complete set! So, I was asked if I could put them in an anthology for readers to purchase.


Always happy to make my readers happy, I created A Perfect Selection. A collection of the six short stories, which I released this month on Amazon and will be available on all platforms shortly. To purchase, simply click on the cover of A Perfect Selection and it will take you to Amazon. Or this link:
http://www.amazon.com/Perfect-Selection-New-Jersey-Cats-ebook/dp/B01CJ7H4NC/ref=asap_bc?ie=UTF8 

Hopefully, that's a perfect solution to the problem of being a slow writer and keeping readers happy until the next New Jersey Ice Cats book comes out!

If you'd like to win a copy of A Perfect Selection, all you need to do is comment below and tell me which holiday you'd like to see me write about in my next New Jersey Ice Cats short story.

10 comments:

Mary Preston said...

I can never get enough of Christmas stories, and let's face it, the time will be here before we know it.

Anna Sugden said...

Hi Mary! Great to see you here! I'm the same - I love Christmas stories. Okay, I'll add that to the list for the next group of short stories.

Tammy Y said...

I never see many St Patrick's Day stories. That might be fun.

Anna Sugden said...

Hey Tammy! Thanks for stopping by! I have one, A Perfect Lucky Charm, but could always do another. :)

Colleen C. said...

Love holiday reads... like Mary, I can never get enough Christmas romances...

Anna Sugden said...

Hi Colleen. Thanks for joining in the fun! Looks like there's a definite need for another Christmas short story!

Jen Craig said...

Hi Anna. You sent me the individual short stories in a prize pack and I loved them. For those of you who haven't read them, I would definitely recommend picking the collection up. They are fun, quick reads.

Anna Sugden said...

Hey Jen! Lovely to see you here! Thanks so much for the love for the short stories. :)

bn100 said...

July 4th

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Anna Sugden said...

Hi BN100. Good idea!

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