Well, this is it.
Fauxpocalypse, a collection of original short fiction, went live on Amazon Kindle at noon today.
This is the culmination of an idea that I had just about a year ago.
Two ideas, really. The first was about the theme of the end of the world in literature, and that I couldn’t recall any stories about what would happen if the end of the world was predicted, but failed to materialize.
So I set out to write one, and then I realized that I really wanted to read other people’s stories on that theme.
That led to my second idea. What if, I wondered, I opened up the world I was working on to contributions from all over the internet?
When I started this project I really had no idea just how ambitious the concept was. In retrospect, this whole thing is profoundly impractical. A group of independent authors, scattered all over the world, working together by email to make a book? Most of us have never met face to face.
Somehow, though, the project gained momentum. People liked the idea, they were willing to put in a lot of hours, writing, editing, brainstorming on marketing ideas. It stopped being my idea, became our idea.
It’s a good thing, too. I rapidly realized that I was way out of my depth here. Fortunately, others were willing to step up and do the things that I could not. Dave Higgins was willing to take over as publisher when I reached my limit. Schevus Osborne handled far more than his share of the editing.
This has been an extraordinary experience. I learned so much about the business of writing, and so much about myself. No matter what happens with the sales of this collection, it’s a success for me.
It worked. I got a bunch of strangers fired up about building a book from scratch and we actually finished it and got it to market.
For what it’s worth, I think it’s a good book. We have stories all over the board, from the grim to the joyous, stories set all all over the world with all sorts of people. I think it’s a collection that will make an impact, that will make people think, and make people feel.
What a long strange trip it’s been.