Desperate Journeys: an experiment

I’ve got a new experiment: a collection of previously-published short stories, titled Desperate Journeys. Here’s the description:

Desperate Journeys holds six short stories from Ryan Macklin:

  • Cracks in Marble, where a gargoyle made to protect humans falls in love with one
  • What a Mother Will Do, set in a distant future where refugees struggle for survival in their exodus
  • Stories from Finis: A Book of Endings, humorous tales told in a “choose your own adventure” fashion

These stories are re-released from earlier anthologies, some of which are now out of print! Enjoy these tales of uncertainty and strife—these tales of desperate journeys!

You can buy it off of DriveThruFiction, where it’s in PDF, ePub, and Kindle formats, all DRM free. If you’d rather buy it from Amazon, you can, though I make less money on those sales ($1.62 vs. $0.87, if I got the math right).

Why Do This?

I’ve been thinking about this for a few months now, and last week, I put this together. A lot of people who follow indie RPG folks don’t seem to get into their fiction, especially anthologies, which I found out first-hand when I put together Finis: A Book of Endings. This is an experiment to see if putting some out as a cheap electronic collection of just my stuff will have any traction. And if it does, that money can go toward things like buying proofs for other projects.[1]

If this is received well enough, I might do another, with original work[2] — maybe a Mythender tale, or a neonoir story set in one of the sprawling cyberpunk setting I keep writing for other games.. If not, then I know it’s something to shelf for the foreseeable future.

I also wanted to learn how the ePub and Kindle processes worked. But mostly, I’m curious as to how this does, and how people see it.

– Ryan

[1] I don’t expect a ton of sales, but if I can pay for Mythender’s next proof from this instead of out-of-pocket, hey, I’ll call that a win. Which is somewhere around a dozen people buying it from DriveThruFiction in the next couple days.

[2] Given how much of anthology fiction writing is a very low-return proposition, based around meager advances that rarely earn out (and that’s when a publisher is good about communicating sales reports and paying royalties), I haven’t done any fiction projects in the last year. But still, I like writing fiction.