Posted by Wodke Hawkinson on Thursday, March 21, 2013
There is often more to a
short story than meets the eye. For readers, a short story is a brief vacation
from reality. For authors, it is so much more. A short story is a vehicle for
introducing your writing to new readers, readers who might not commit to an
entire novel but would certainly give a short story a chance. With so many
books out there vying for attention, readers have more choice than ever before.
Digital books, self-publishing, and expanded venues are all factors that combine
to create a paradise for readers. There is truly something for every taste and
prices for every budget. A short story can open the door and invite readers
into an author’s world. If they like the writing, they are more inclined to
make the greater commitment of purchasing a book.
For authors, a short story
can serve as a springboard into a novel or series. It’s a great way to present
new characters and settings.
Short stories can educate,
entertain, impart a particular view, or serve as a sample of an author’s work.
My co-author and I enjoy
writing short stories for many reasons. Sometimes the tale we wish to tell
doesn’t require 90,000 words. Other times, a short story is an experiment to
see if an idea of ours has merit. Sometimes we write a short story as an
exercise, just to see what we come up with. (We have taken the same characters
or idea before and then each written a story using them. It’s interesting how
different the stories end up from each other. Of course, we both edit and
revise these stories so they have input from each of us.) Best of all for us,
short stories give us ample opportunity to explore various genres. And for
readers who may be curious about our style, we have compiled our stories into
three collections and published them. We plan to release a fourth collection in
the future. In the meantime, we’ve put some of our stories out as singles.
Recently, we lowered the
price of our third volume of short stories, Alone, to just 99 cents, the
same price as many singles. In Alone, readers get 18 tales for the price
of one! We hope this offer will welcome new readers to our work.
Alone, Selected Short
Stories Vol. Three on Amazon