Are you a short fiction writer wondering what opportunities are open to you?
Are you a long-form fiction writer wondering if short fiction is worth the investment of your time?
This book will provide the answers—and the time is right.
The Guardian reported in 2018 that in the previous year “almost 50% more short story collections were sold than in the previous year. It was the best year for short stories since 2010. Booksellers are reporting a surge in popularity for the form, commentators note publishers are buying more collections and issuing them with greater care and enthusiasm.”
Kristine Kathryn Rusch has written that “The one bright spot in traditional publishing, and this bright spot isn’t just bright, it’s luminescent … is short fiction.”
Short fiction is uniquely suited to our increasingly fast-paced lives and decreasingly available free time. Readers are looking for stories they can consume during their train ride to work, while waiting to pick up the kids from soccer practice, over their lunch break—even over their coffee break.
To apply the nautical metaphor that Matty uses for the writing craft and the publishing voyage, sometimes what the reader wants is a trip on an ocean liner, but sometimes what he or she wants is a jaunt in an elegantly crafted dory.
Despite the technical environment that has provided all the tools readers need to easily consume short fiction, as well as the societal environment that makes it an appealing option, the short fiction market is far less crowded that the novel market, at least in the independent publishing space. The writer who knows what’s possible with short fiction can meet an underserved need. We are enthusiastic about the opportunities short fiction offers the enterprising author for creating income and connecting with readers, and offer this book to help you make the most of those opportunities.
Matty Dalrymple Mark Leslie Lefebvre
Matty Dalrymple is the author of the Ann Kinnear Suspense Novels and Suspense Shorts and the Lizzy Ballard Thrillers; find out more at www.mattydalrymple.com. She also writes, speaks, consults, and podcasts on independent publishing as The Indy Author™; find out more at www.theindyauthor.com. Mark Leslie Lefebvre is the author (as Mark Leslie) of numerous horror short stories and curator / editor of horror anthologies. He writes, speaks, consults, and podcasts based on his more than a quarter-century of experience in writing, publishing, and bookselling. He established the Kobo Writing Life author program and is the Director of Business Development at Draft2Digital. Find out more at http://markleslie.ca/.
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