Saturday, July 16, 2011

Why I'm Pulling "Butterfly Boots"

I've considered doing this for awhile, when I compared the numbers of downloads to the number of reviews. But "Butterfly Boots" was exactly what I'd meant it to be.

Therein lay the problem.

See, stories must have plots—in English. Other languages, not so much. I'm a huge fan of Marco Denevi, who writes shorts that might be called vignettes, by English standards. (If you can read Spanish, you can check out my favorite, "Apocalipsis", here.)

I've been working on my concept of "short story" to make sure they have distinct genre plots (like my urban fantasy short "The Corpse Cat"). Unfortunately, I didn't connect the dots and realize it was a problem with "Butterfly Boots".

It wasn't until it finally went free on Amazon a few days ago and got two 1-star reviews that I realized: Hey, wrong story style for my audience.

So. I'm pulling "Butterfly Boots." If you have it, you can still share it—either to enjoy or to laugh at—but just don't sell it.

Sorry, all.


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