Well, that went well. I had my story up for free for five days, and a total of 20 free downloads during that time. I figured I would get more, but it's cool. I probably didn't advertise enough, though I'm not all that sure how much more I could have done.
Either way, that means that there will potentially be 20 reviews forthcoming. Of course, I'm not delusional enough to believe that will happen. But, if I get a 20% return, that will mean 4 new reviews. And that's not bad. More than likely, though, the story will sit in 20 TBR piles, and if/when they do get read, the reader will either forget to review it, or hate it so much that they don't want to review it.
Ok, maybe I'm a pessimist and defeatist. Shoot me.
Anyways, the third Orcs story is done, and gone through my primary beta-reader. Due to some of the story elements involved, I really wanted her opinion. She loved it. I heard her laugh out loud a few times while reading it. And it even solicited an "Oh shit" moment. I'd say it's a success.
I'll let it stew for a bit longer before I revisit it again. I might to try to get another set of eyes on it from a seasoned writer, just to see if there are any ways I can make the narrative a little better (any takers?). Then I have to create a cover, and publish it.
This cycle of stories will probably continue to be Kindles. However, I'm thinking about gathering them all together, once I have a few more written, and publish them as a POD paperback. I've looked into doing so through Lulu, and the cost there is comparable to shelf-bought paperbacks. Just something I'll be thinking about.
In the meantime, I'm eyeing a couple of other WIPs for completion. Both are longer works, possibly even book-length.