An EG short story collection?

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  • INSOMANiAC 26 Jul 2012 21:50:50 3,833 posts
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    I'm currently writing a couple of short stories I'd ultimately like to publish on Amazon ebook style. I don't think I'd really have enough material for a full book though so I thought it may be a great idea if several of us were to collaborate and release a collection of several short stories. I'm not bothered about the pittance it will earn, you can keep that (unless it sells a million) but it might be good for those of us with a few bits we think people might like but not enough material to fill a full book. Also, a short story book with multiple authors is the kind of thing that really appeals to me due to the totally different writing styles and ideas it could contain.

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  • Deleted user 26 July 2012 22:11:22
    I tried (and failed) to do a group short story project for charity. Wasn't an EG only one, but just a general one. Ran into too many problems with it (lack of participation, mostly - had lots of people volunteer and only a bare few follow through on it, even at the early workshop stage), then I went back to college on double-time, so didn't have any time to do anything myself.

    So my advice would be to either get things planned in immaculate concrete detail first, or aim low and expect apathy.
  • Deckard1 26 Jul 2012 22:22:40 28,765 posts
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    I'll do it!
  • Agent_Llama 26 Jul 2012 22:26:19 3,368 posts
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    Sounds good!!

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  • Blerk Moderator 26 Jul 2012 22:43:08 48,225 posts
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    meme wrote:
    I tried (and failed) to do a group short story project for charity. Wasn't an EG only one, but just a general one. Ran into too many problems with it (lack of participation, mostly - had lots of people volunteer and only a bare few follow through on it, even at the early workshop stage), then I went back to college on double-time, so didn't have any time to do anything myself.

    So my advice would be to either get things planned in immaculate concrete detail first, or aim low and expect apathy.
    Is that project dead, meme? I was sort of still working on my entry. Sorry! :)
  • INSOMANiAC 26 Jul 2012 22:46:22 3,833 posts
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    Well maybe you should continue with your efforts meme, see if you can get a few off EG, make it a charity job, get EG to advertise it and its go go go ! I'd happily contribute something if I ever get anything finished.

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  • Deleted user 26 July 2012 22:46:54
    It's not completely dead - it's just indefinitely on hiatus, and I'm far too busy myself to give it a kick up the arse to bring it back to life - inbetween doing work for my degree and my own writing career, I'm spread too thin as it is. Would be happy to have someone else manage it, though there's not a great deal to actually "manage", just needs someone to harass people into contributing and signing up.
  • Deckard1 26 Jul 2012 22:48:54 28,765 posts
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    I'll do it!
  • boo 26 Jul 2012 22:49:35 11,861 posts
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    Sounds interesting.
    What's the definition of short story, wordcount wise, these days?
    5k?
    10k?

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  • caligari 26 Jul 2012 22:52:27 17,085 posts
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    I'll design the EG 'word search' for the back of the book.

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  • Blerk Moderator 26 Jul 2012 22:52:45 48,225 posts
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    meme wrote:
    It's not completely dead - it's just indefinitely on hiatus, and I'm far too busy myself to give it a kick up the arse to bring it back to life - inbetween doing work for my degree and my own writing career, I'm spread too thin as it is. Would be happy to have someone else manage it, though there's not a great deal to actually "manage", just needs someone to harass people into contributing and signing up.
    I could definitely use a kick up the arse, that's for sure. :D
  • orpheus 26 Jul 2012 22:55:29 1,007 posts
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    I might consider submitting something for this, should it ever come to fruition.
  • CosmicFuzz 26 Jul 2012 23:03:50 25,030 posts
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    I'd be up for submitting something.

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  • Metalfish 27 Jul 2012 00:08:26 8,852 posts
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    I'd love to contribute if it's still in the long term planning stages. I'm kinda busy with my fantasy epic thing right now. Getting split over lots of projects is probably a bad idea.
  • puddleduck 27 Jul 2012 00:40:07 1,854 posts
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    I have a very short story that I once submitted for a degree that received glowing praise. Would be happy to fine tune it and consider submitting it for a charity book. Possibly. Depends on the charity. No animal ones that's for sure.
  • Deckard1 27 Jul 2012 06:29:51 28,765 posts
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    Yeah fuck animals. In fact I'll only do it if we use the procedes to buy the japanese more whaling boats. Either that or we give it all to LB so he can buy a bazooka.
  • TechnoHippy 27 Jul 2012 07:18:15 14,719 posts
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    I'd be up for contributing a short story - I provided one for meme's project which I hope will see the light of day one day :-)

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  • MetalDog 27 Jul 2012 07:29:38 23,779 posts
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    While tempted, I'm spinning too many plates for comfort at the moment as it is and I kind of suck at shorts anyway.

    You'll need a firm deadline to make it work, I think. Many people (myself included) fanny around and forget otherwise. Give people a longish one and plenty of reminders though.

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  • Blerk Moderator 27 Jul 2012 08:47:48 48,225 posts
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    I have an unpublished short that I'd happily contribute.

    I pity the fool offering to organise and edit this, however. ;)
  • RedSparrows 27 Jul 2012 10:05:23 23,439 posts
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    I could offer one or two things. I haven't written for ages.
  • Deckard1 27 Jul 2012 10:22:23 28,765 posts
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    We should all just start throwing titles about, and you've got to pick one and write the story. I'll start....


    THE MAN WITH A POCKET FULL OF COCKS
  • Deckard1 27 Jul 2012 10:28:47 28,765 posts
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    JUDY MINGEHAIRS DAY AT THE ZOO
  • Deckard1 27 Jul 2012 10:29:46 28,765 posts
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    COLIN THE FISH IN: THE NAZI TAP DANCERS
  • Deckard1 27 Jul 2012 10:29:57 28,765 posts
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    Ok I'm done.
  • INSOMANiAC 27 Jul 2012 12:06:57 3,833 posts
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    Yes, Im already gettting cold feet about actually having to organise something and the fact that my short story has no beginning, middle or end and in fact is about two paragraphs long............

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  • Deckard1 27 Jul 2012 12:11:02 28,765 posts
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    Whats it about? Is it the pocket of cocks one?
  • FalseAlibi 27 Jul 2012 12:44:37 89 posts
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    INSOMANiAC wrote:
    Yes, Im already gettting cold feet about actually having to organise something and the fact that my short story has no beginning, middle or end and in fact is about two paragraphs long............
    cold feet schmold feet!

    Check interest in collaborative short story collection project - done
    Request stories from interested parties - done(ish) I guess
    Bump thread every now and then
    PM peeps who raised their hand to check if stories are a-coming
    Carry on writing own short story
    When the mood hits make a final call out for final submissions and a cut-off date then assemble however many stories are recieved into e-book format. (free step by step guide from amazon available for kindle - pretty straightforward)
    Send out version one for peer review amongst collaborators to allow edits, fixes and last minute story additions.
    Publish and be damned!

    Oh - and I'm all for throwing in a story too
  • neilka 27 Jul 2012 13:41:44 16,328 posts
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    How erotic can the stories be?

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  • Blerk Moderator 27 Jul 2012 13:43:20 48,225 posts
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    50 Shades of Geek?
  • Deckard1 27 Jul 2012 13:55:34 28,765 posts
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    I think there's a gap in the market for an erotic video game related set of short stories. Like Mario and Luigi's Big Gay Adventures. Or Kirby Does Anal.
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