As you may or may not have noticed, I have re-added my Kindle store above. And if you click it, you'll see that all of my stories are available again. Why did I do this? Because I done goofed.
After doing some research, I have found that the majority of markets (paying and not) do not want reprints. So, my idea of shopping those stories around was ill-conceived from the beginning. I could have saved myself the trouble by researching first, before jumping the gun and unpublishing (and I'm sure there are a few of you nodding and thinking "I could have told you so"). Ah well, lesson learned, I suppose.
So, I have re-published everything. And, aside from the collection of the three stories, I have set them all at $.99 each. Will I publish anything else there? I dunno. Maybe sequels to the stuff that is already there, if I get them written. Otherwise, anything new will be shopped around as much as possible to actual markets.
This whole thing did revive an idea I have kicked around for years: starting my own magazine. Many years ago, when I was a fresh-faced young man with absolutely no writing experience, I had this weird idea of starting my own fiction magazine. I wanted to revive the old idea of the pulp fiction magazines that had given Robert E. Howard a place for his voice. Apparently I was about twenty years too soon with this idea.
Well, nowadays a new print magazine probably wouldn't be very successful (unless it was POD), and even an eZine would probably struggle. There's a lot of them out there, so the competition is fierce. Add to that the fact that I wouldn't be able to afford to pay for the stories...well, you can imagine the difficulties. Still, it's a fun exercise in imagination.
Of course there is the idea of an independent gaming magazine. One of the bloggers I follow is putting out one that has a lot of info about a game setting that sounds pretty cool. And that got me to thinking about that.
Eh, I think I'll just stick to working on the long fiction projects I have in mind, and maybe some shorts as they come to me.