16 April 2010

ePublishing and the Rediscovery of the Short Story

Orbit Books have just announced they'll be electronically publishing short stories from their authors. This provides both a new product to sell (for author and publisher) and promotion for the authors' longer works, ie their novels. I think this is smart. SF&F readers have a tradition of short stories, and online short story ezines.

It does make me wonder though--buy a short story from one author or support an ezine that supports many authors (many of whom aren't already published names)?

Fortunately I think there's room for both options in the market.

2 comments:

  1. We actually launched our publishing house with short stories, and we'll continue to publish them as often as we get titles worthy of putting out there. It's an art form that I love, and it's quick reading at a low price for people who don't want to invest a lot of time (or don't have a lot of time) into a full-length work.

    Jay Hartman
    Editor-In-Chief
    Untreed Reads Publishing
    http://www.untreedreads.com

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  2. Hi Jay

    I think time investment is a huge and growing issue--and hence, selling point--for readers and short stories.

    Thanks for dropping by.

    Jenny

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