(Edit: Favours is now available in both .epub and .mobi formats.)
Well, it’s finally here! Favours, the first ever Alex Verus novella, is available on this website as of today!
This is actually quite a big event for me – it’s my first ever step into self-publishing. Up until now, everything I’ve ever published has been via a traditional publisher. I’m still intending to keep doing that with my novels, but for short stories and novellas, self-publishing has its advantages. One big one is speed – I finished editing Favours around two weeks ago, which if I was going the traditional route would have meant that the novella would have come out around June 2022 at the earliest, instead of now. I’ve also had a lot more control over the whole production process, and it’s been kind of fascinating getting to handle all of the little details that usually get delegated to my publishers.
Of course, this does come with drawbacks. To set up my website for online sales I’ve had to install and configure a ridiculous number of plugins and pieces of software, many of which have gone wrong in fantastically irritating ways. I think I’ve ironed out all the bugs, but there’s always the chance that I missed one somewhere along the line. If you run into any issues, send me an email via my Contact form (which I’ve also had to rebuild from scratch, and which I’m hoping is now finally working).
Speaking of which, you may have noticed that the site has been redesigned. It’s still under construction, but the majority of the new content is now up. If you run into any issues, let me know.
One final thing I should mention – somewhere along the line, it occurred to me that I could use this novella as a sort of test case for novellas and Alex Verus short fiction as a whole. Basically, I’m using Favours as a way to gauge how much interest my readership has in this sort of thing. If it sells well and gets some decent attention, I’ll take that as a sign that the whole idea of Alex Verus short stories/novellas is worth persisting with. If it flops, well, I’ll take that as my audience’s way of telling me “stick to novels”.
Now, either way, my main job’s going to continue to be “novelist”. Now that Favours is done, I’m planning to get to work on my new series: I’m hoping to start the first book by next month and finish it by around the end of the year. However, what I do after that is going to be influenced by how things go with Favours. If Favours does well, there’s a good chance I’ll make a habit of alternating between novels in my main series that I publish the slower traditional way, and novellas/short stories that I can write and self-publish quickly. Otherwise, I’ll just stick with my old routine of going straight from one novel into another. We’ll have to see!
And I think that covers about everything. Go to my Store page to find out more about the novella, and to purchase it in both .epub and .mobi format, or take a look around at the new site. And for those of you who prefer a more official copy of your books, I’ll be publishing Favours on the Amazon Kindle store next week, on Friday, June 25th.
I hope you enjoy the story!
Additional note: Since several people have mentioned that they’d prefer to use a Kindle, I’ve made a .mobi version of the file available in addition to the .epub. You should now be able to download either or both versions from your ‘Sale Complete’ page, but let me know if you run into any problems.