A little over a year ago, I published a small book of short stories on Kindle Select. They were little more than out-takes from the novel I was then writing, and I didn't bother to create a paper version. My original purpose was simply to give my readers something to do while they waited for The Road to Frogmore -- thus the title Left by the Side of the Road. The e-book proved to be more popular than I expected. We did a couple of free offers, and copies flew across the ether. Readers commented that the short story format made the book easy to pick up in odd moments -- no need to devote long periods of susained reading.
Eventually readers started to ask for other formats, but since the book was in Kindle Select and the Prime Lending Program, I couldn't make that happen. Now, however, it is coming to the end of its contract period, and I've decided that it has earned the right to become a full-fledged book. So here's what's going to happen.
Right now the original volume is still for sale for only $0.99 on Kindle Select. Find it HERE. If you want to sample the stories, download your copy by the end of next week, August 16, 2013. After that day, I will remove that edition from publication. Amazon will still have copies if something happens to your existing Kindle Library, but it will no longer be available for new sales.
Left by the Side of the Road, 2nd edition, is right now in the hands of its publisher. The cover designer is working on a cover for the new paperback version, and the interior design team is doing the page layout. I expect to see the first proof copy by the 23rd, and with some small portion of luck, the new book will be ready in September. It will be available as a trade paperback on Amazon, as well as in all e-book formats.
The second edition contains all twenty selections of the first edition, plus some thirteen new stories, several of them taken from the cuttings from my other novel, Beyond All Price -- including an alternative ending for that book. The result is a book that is nearly twice as long as the first edition.
If I don't post too often here on this site for the next few weeks, you'll know that I'm buried in final proofs and swamped with lots of nagging little editing problems. I think the end result will be worth it.