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I'm answering this as a technician, not as a writer: it's not wise to share your email anywhere in Internet, and I believe it's valid for ebooks also. I say that because your email will become public and a lot of people - and scripts - you don't know will use it. That will make sure you will receive in your email SPAM, STRANGE MESSAGES, UNDESIRABLE ...


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There's no need to choose. Do both. Put the individual stories up as singles, and put the collection up also. Just make sure people know what's in the collection. Steven King has published some standalone short stories. "Ur." "Riding the Bullet." Probably some others I can't think of at the moment.


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MS Word brings a lot of trash along, when converted to HTML. By trash, I mean unnecessary formating tags and styles that can mess your content if you decide to change it in the future. I won't give much more details but MS Word was design to create Doc files, not HTML. If you need something else than Doc files, Word is probably not for you. HTML is ...


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Dean Wesley Smith famously advises against pricing anything at $0.99. That's the discount bin. It tells buyers that it's a cheap read, not that it's a good read. Why not price your book as if you expected readers to want it? Here is a bunch of advice from Dean about indie pricing: http://www.deanwesleysmith.com/?tag=pricing


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When saving a file from Word as HTML, Word acts as a WYSIWYG (what you see is what you get) HTML editor. From personal experience, the HTML produced by the program is passable and effective, though inelegant and usually not the absolute best it could be. The only impact this has, the vast majority of the time, is that the file-size is the tiniest bit ...


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For ebooks, the general rule is, don't use two consecutive returns (as @Fortier mentioned in the comments). This is because the ebook readers sometimes do weird things with it. However, this is just a suggestion, and almost every Ebook vendor will allow it. Kindle only moans if you enter KDP. My advice is, write the book, and worry about formatting later. ...


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There are many different defenitions of this, and many major awards like the Hugo have their own, but using averages: Generally a story longer than the 500-1000 word range of a flash fiction, and shorter than the 7,500 minimum length of a novelette, would count as a short story. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Flash_fiction ...


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For Kindle versions, I'd agree with the other posters that doing both is the easy way out. Maybe a little more trouble, but not all that much. If you find that one or the other has only a tiny number of sales, then maybe next time you don't bother. And hey, maybe you could let us know here. For a printed book, I think you'd want to publish the collection. ...


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Imagine that you have three potential readers, Alice, Bob, and Carol, and three stories, X, Y, and Z. Alice would pay $3 for X, $2 for Y, and $1 for Z. Bob would pay $3 for Y, $2 for Z, and $1 for X. Carol would pay $3 for Z, $2 for X, and $1 for Y. If you offer X+Y+Z as an anthology for $6, you will get three readers for each story and $18 in gross sales. ...


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The length of your work is put into the description of your book automatically (page count or word count). If you do not think that's sufficient you can mention it in your explicit description you provide for your book. Besides that there may be categories for short fiction, so if you choose one of these the customer can find out what he is buying. That ...


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Note that short stories are much more difficult to sell than full-length novels. My company's just published a collection of stories in a popular genre by some pretty well-known authors, for a decently low price, distributed through mainstream channels and it's sold under 500 copies in six months. If you're after sales, write full-length fiction. If you're ...


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From everything I've read on the subject, the collection will sell better. The stories will necessarily be cheaper, and can easily get lost in the "bargain bin." But Dale Emery has a great point -- there's no reason to choose. Make sure you link them all to each other, so people can see how buying the collection is a great deal.


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I don't see many people paying even $0.99 for a single short story. There are many very good novels for $5 or less. More than people have time to read. OTOH, a collection of good short stories can be better than a novel. But maybe I'm cheap. I don't understand why anyone would pay $1 for a single song off an album. Yet lots of people do.


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About your question, I like what Wikipedia has to say ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Short_story ): Short stories have no set length. In terms of word count there is no official demarcation between an anecdote, a short story, and a novel. Rather, the form's parameters are given by the rhetorical and practical context in which a given story is produced ...



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