At long last, I have finally launched my self-published short story collection With a Little Help.

With a Little Help is my first serious experiment in self-publishing. I’ve published many novels, short story collections, books of essays and so on with publishers, and it’s all been very good and satisfying and educational and so on, but it seems like it’s time to try something new.

You see, I’ve always released my work under open licenses from the Creative Commons project, so that my readers could share and remix my works. A good number of these readers wanted to know why I didn’t distribute the physical book as well, and see what a writer working on his own could do.

So here you have it. With a Little Help, consists of 12 stories, all reprints except for “Epoch,” which was commissioned by the Ubuntu project‘s Mark Shuttleworth for $10,000 (this being the most expensive option for buying the book — don’t worry, there are cheaper editions). The book is available in many forms:

* Paperback, on demand from $18.
Available in four covers, with art by Frank Wu, Rick Lieder, Rudy Rucker, and Pablo Defendini (who also did the book’s design, working from John Berry‘s wonderful typography). Every month, I add a new appendix to this edition, detailing my balance sheet for the project, as a service to others contemplating a similar venture.

* 250 super-limited hardcovers: $275.
These are hand-bound at the Wyvern Bindery in Clerkenwell, London, and printed by Oldacres of Hatton Garden. Each book has original paper ephemera (see Flickr set) donated by various writer friends to the project, and comes with a SD card bearing the full text of the book as well as the full audiobook.

* Audiobook: MP3 CD $10. Ogg CD $5.50.
I tapped many voice actor friends (Neil Gaiman, Mur Lafferty, Wil Wheaton, Leo Laporte, Emily Hurson, Patrick Nielsen Hayden, Hugh AD Spencer, Mary Robinette Kowal, JC Hutchins, Roy Trumbull, Jonathan Coulton, Spider Robinson, Jesse Brown, and Russell Galen) to record the stories in this volume, and their recordings were mastered by John Taylor Williams, who also masters my podcast. (Podcasters, see here)

* Free electronic editions: Free.
The full text of all the stories in this collection is available as free downloads under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike license, meaning that you can copy them and make your own versions, but you can’t make money off them and you have to let others remix your creations. The audiobooks are likewise available as free downloads on the same terms.

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13 Responses to Launch!

  1. Devan says:

    The Ogg CD on Lulu says $10, not $5.50.

  2. Akomba says:

    Not enough options. I want to pay but I don’t want a physical medium.

  3. Since the folks in the Balanced Copyright for Canada Facebook Group are such big fans of yours, I posted a link there with the title: “Self Publishing – is Cory right, and is this the future for literature?”

    I hope they enjoy it [EVIL GRIN]

  4. Sam M-B says:

    Received my MP3 CD from Lulu a couple of days ago. Haven’t had a chance to even pop it in the drive yet, but a couple of typos on the contents:

    Patrick Nielsen Hayden’s name is spelled wrong (Patrict) on both the CD surface and the booklet page.

    Power Punctuation! is missing the trailing exclamation! in both places.

    The Right Book, has a trailing, comma, in both places.

    I’m Only In It For the Money is missing the “In” in both places.

    Most stories have (read by Narrator) but track 14 (I’m only in it for the money) has Money, by Russel Galen

    • Thanks for this, Sam! Just fixed all except the last one, which doesn’t have (read by) because Russ both wrote and read that piece!

      • Sam M-B says:

        My pleasure, and sorry for my ignorance there! Thanks for an easy to “rip” (in this case: simply copy the files) DRM-free audiobook. If I run into any audio bugs I’ll use the report-typo page, which sorry I didn’t see before.

  5. Sam M-B says:

    Non-typo comment! The sound is great on the MP3-CD. Coulton’s intro, strumming, this is full-on studio quality awesomeness, and listening to Gaiman narrate a story is always lovely.

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