We’re going to try something interesting here today, and I want to give you a little context for it.
Not too long ago, I wrote a short story that I wanted to time for release for the US election. After I wrote it, I sent it over to Bill Schafer of Subterranean Press, because a) I thought he would like it, b) Subterranean Press pays quite well for short fiction (well above the SFWA minimum professional rate), c) and it sends payment fast. All of these things happened, which of course makes me happy.
After I sold the story to Bill, I assumed he would post it at the Subterranean Press Web site, where he usually posts the fiction he buys from me and from others. But instead, Bill sent me a note asking to try an experiment: He wanted to post the story here on Whatever and in the story post a couple of advertisements for new SubPress eBooks he wanted to promote. How would I feel about it?
I thought it would be interesting to try. I don’t typically run advertisements on Whatever, because on a day-to-day basis I don’t have the need to. But obviously Subterranean Press is a company I have a relationship with, they’re promoting works and authors I like, and I feel the company’s ethic regarding writers (pay well and pay quickly) is one well worth supporting. In terms of the advertisements in the story, I have control over what ads are placed and how they show up. And beyond that, the idea of getting paid to post one of my own stories on my own site appeals to me on several different levels. So I said yes.
And so today — just about a minute after I post this intro, in fact — you’ll see on Whatever a short story, by me, presented by Subterranean Press. The story will have a couple of ads in it, for SubPress books I like and I hope you’ll check out. Enjoy the story, check out the books and if you have any thoughts about this experiment, by all means let me know in this thread or in e-mail. Thanks.
Update, 11/2/10: Here’s the story.