I began writing the Shortyverse for fun, creating myself a mech warrior sandbox and going weapons hot from page one. The protagonist is a sarcastic lone wolf with a bad attitude. He pilots one of the smallest fighting mechs on planet Doomsday and always gets in over his head.
What I hadn’t expected was the response from my readers. I continue to get amazing compliments from readers and from my writer friends who took the time to check out the Shortyverse. (If you know authors, you know they don’t often have time to read for fun.)
My editor for these stories, Ellen Campbell, insists it’s the best thing I’ve ever written. Josh Hayes, author of Edge of Valor, Striker’s War, and the Terra Nova Series, believes it’s where I finally found my writing voice (after thirty-seven years of trying). Devon C. Ford enjoyed the series so much that he joined the action—writing a soon to be released episode.
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The Shortyverse is a series of longish short stories, ten to twelve thousand words each. I contracted audio production through Reece Alan Morse who did a fantastic job.
But here is the crux of the matter. I don’t believe people go to Audible to find short stories. So how do I deliver these to readers (listeners) of science fiction military adventure?
After a great deal of brainstorming I decided to offer two ways to get the Shortyverse in audio format. You can sign up for my newsletter or support me on Patreon. (Doing both isn’t wrong.)
What does this mean for you?
Patreon subscribers will get a weekly video and other content, plus access to the Shortyverse in audio format. Patreon helps me cover the cost of producing great content like Shorty. Sadly, editors and narrators and cover artists want to get paid, too.
Newsletter subscribers will never miss a new release, in the Shortyverse or anywhere else. I’ll share a bit about my writing journey along with other Moon ramblings. And there may be opportunities to join my advance reader team.
I hope you’ll join me in the Shortyverse!