Amazon.com has a new program called Amazon.Shorts. Any author who has a book for sale on Amazon can submit a Short (2,000 to 10,000 words, previously unpublished). If accepted, the Short can be downloaded from Amazon for six months. Cost: 49 cents.
Shorts allow readers the chance to "try out" an author's writing prior or in addition to purchasing a longer, more expensive work. Shorts allow authors the chance to write up a new "book" idea or a "sidebar" for an exisiting book.
My Short titled "Fred Harvey's Fast Food Empire, Yesterday & Today" is now available for downloading. It's a three-part piece: a bio of Fred Harvey, the Father of Fast Food (an article which placed First in its category in the 2006 SouthWest Writers contest); a review of the classic Judy Garland/Angela Lansbury 1946 musical, The Harvey Girls; and a virtual travelogue of Harvey Houses across the Southwest that are still open to the public.
Sheila Wood Foard
author of HARVEY GIRL