Well, friends, it’s unfortunate that Amazon Shorts is no longer accepting submissions, but I think we all kind of figured that was bound to be the case after such a long hiatus.
I just wanted to thank Amazon Shorts and my fellow writers for giving it such a great go. I read somewhere that Amazon Shorts may have been a bit ahead of its time, and I think there may be some truth to that. My dealings with John were always professional and courteous, and I appreciated his patience and timeliness. And though I rarely contribute to the forum, I follow it regularly and have really enjoyed getting to know my fellow writers. Sometimes things got a little tense, but I could always detect the passion behind everyone’s words. After all, if things were always comfortable and polite, then there was little chance of innovation and enlightenment.
Of course, I was very disappointed Amazon Shorts came to a close in regards to accepting new material. I had developed a rough outline of an eighteen-part serial, so you can imagine my misery when Amazon Shorts went on break after only two of my installments had been published.
But, that’s just the way it goes in the arts. No gig lasts forever, and I’m proud to have been part of Amazon Shorts and thank them for the opportunity. As a bonus, I’ve decided to continue work on my serial (Dr. Nekros: Occult Aficionado), and will instead release it as a three-book series. I plan to write it virtually the same way, with several installments making up a larger story, but now I have the advantage of being able to edit it all at once and make sure each episode clearly meshes with the others.
While it was a real rush to publish my serial in “real-time” and face the danger of logistical errors and contradictions, I’m happy Amazon Shorts motivated me to develop a storyline I feel excited about and characters I’ve already fallen deeply in love with.
I want to wish all the other Amazon Shorts writers the best of luck. I look forward to seeing all the great things I know are in store for you.
Scott William Foley