After consideration, I decided to go ahead and offer the first half-dozen Roy stories collected into a single volume.
"Collected here, the first six Roy the Demon short stories. These are raucous, profane tales, rated NC-17, for language, sex, and hellish situations. You know you are curious. Come on down ..."
I was hesitant, but I realized that, unlike the paper pub biz, I can offer a shorter length, for less money, and not worry about signatures and traditional publisher profit margins. (When I was a lad, paperback novels often ran 50K or 60K words long, and that length increased because of publisher costs, paper and printing, so the average genre novel is closer to 8oK words these days. For purposes of the Nebula Award, anything over 40K words is still considered a novel, thought I can't remember the last time I saw one that short new on the market.)
There are no official guidelines for epub pricing, but I find that I'm in line with Dean Wesley Smith's latest thoughts, i.e., you charge a basic rate for a standard-length novel, less if the work is shorter, and more if it is longer, and keep the cost under what readers would pay for a paper version. Charge too much, people don't bite. Too little, they don't value it.
So, short stories for $.99. Anything that is in the 65-100K word range, I'm asking $5.99. The big boat book, $6.99. For a half dozen short stories bundled together, I'm thinking $3.99 seems reasonable. Saves you two bucks over buying them all singly, and if you've already bought any of 'em, to keep it fair, Dan Moran is going to offer a discount coupon on the new collection in his FS& store.
Yes, yes, I am still working on the two Matador books, and trying to get them under contract. Ace has not been breaking down the door to make an offer, and that might be a problem. I have a couple of possible solutions, and we'll see how that goes. I will keep you posted.