Calling all authors. Do you have a short-story collection?
January 18, 2013
On Caleb and Linda Pirtle we are always interested in new fiction.
In the last year or so, we have seen the advent of several new forays into short-form fiction. These include serials and singles.
In the current marketplace, a serial may be an episodic rolling out of a full-length book, already written. Or a serial may be 500 word increments written on the fly until the author collapses. At the end of the day, the serial may comprise thirty or forty thousand words or a hundred thousand. It is only the method of delivery that sets it apart.
On the other hand, a “single” is a short-form piece of somewhere between 5,000 and 30,000 words. These are usually self-contained.
In this development of new forms, it is easy to forget about the type of fiction that was the bread and butter of writers for years, the short story.
I would guess that most authors who now spend their time writing novels cut their teeth on short stories.
It is a tried and true proving ground for writers.
Short stories fell out of favor, not because people didn’t like them, but because they became economically unfeasible. Publishers couldn’t justify the expense of printing them.
The digital revolution has removed that economic barrier and may well usher in a new golden age of short story writing.
In the ranks of Indie authors many have now turned back to the old ways. They collect a number of their stories, format them as e-books and send them out into the world for readers to enjoy.
At Caleb and Linda Pirtle we would love to feature some of the short story collections from what is now referred to as the New Fiction, fiction produced by working authors who are carving out a place in the world of publishing one story at a time.
So, if you are an author who has a short story collection, or if you are a reader who has come across a collection you really enjoy, we would really like to hear from you about it.
Please take just a moment to list the author’s name and the name of the collection in the comment section below, so that we can feature them and introduce them to our readers. Thanks a lot.