Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Short Stories Are Back!

I grew up with short stories - The Brothers Grimm, Edgar Allen Poe, Twain's dark tales, Hawthorne, Agatha Christie. Two of my favorites were The Lottery (Shirley Jackson) and The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (James Thurber), but narrowing it down to only two was hard. There were so many good ones with dramatic endings and twists that left powerful impressions on me.

When I began writing, I started with short stories because I could vary my POV, settings, etc. in a short amount of time. I used them as testing grounds to find my passion and my voice. Even back then, getting a short story published was almost impossible because the market had dried up. Nobody was reading short stories anymore.

Eventually, I placed two of mine in literary journals. Passages North at Northern Michigan paid me in copies. A Room of One's Own out of Canada promised $35, which I never received. After that, I moved into long fiction, writing mysteries.

I'm thrilled to tell you that short stories are back and they are as popular as ever. Short stories are experiencing a resurrection thanks to a little device called an eReader. Authors are able to publish short stories through Kindle, Nook, and all the rest. And people are downloading them in mass quantities.

Several of the Cozy Chicks have published short stories. Below are the links to our Kindle editions where you can read more about them (and even download them). If you don't have a Kindle, you can download the free PC computer version here or download the free MAC version here.
Deb Baker - Secret Pages / Whatever It Takes

L.L. Bartlett - Bah! Humbug / Cold Case / Abused: A Daughter's Story

Lorraine Bartlett - We're So Sorry, Uncle Albert / An Unconditional Love / Prisoner of Love

Kate Collins - (YA stories)  Janey Webster - Experienced Babysitter / Jason Jerviss at Your Service

Leann Sweeney - Dying Embers

Heather Webber - Sweet Dreams / Definitely Maybe

So what about you - do you read short stories? What are some of your favorites?
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