Write my Short Story for meWriting my short story for me
There are three main reason why I fell in love with short storytelling.
I' m the last person they think writes short films. I do not think the short version suits me well as a novelist who tends to be long-winded. I' m not short - no e-mails, no blogs, no textbooks. Not even many short novels (except from authors of the nineteenth and twentieth centuries such as Alcott, Wharton and James).
However, thispring I took the liberty of researching for Deadly Proof, the next in my San Francisco mystery Viktorian serial, to write my third and forth short story, which is now part of a compilation I have just released on Kindle, and I intend to publish more short story books next year.
My first short story, Dandy Detects, is over. I began to write a short story about the Boston terrorist I had presented in the first volume of my serial, Maids of Misfortune, three heaps later. I' ve been reading that a cheap short story is a good way to introduce your work to prospective readership, so my reasons were totally practical.
Only about two blogs per months I produced (remember my trend to be lengthy), and posting a short story and setting it up on Kindle seemed to me to be a straightforward one. In the end, Dandy Detects did more than I thought possible to increase turnover. Windwalker chose it as one of his early Kindle Shorts on Kindle Nation Daily (probably the first website to actually encourage ebooks) on the 4th July 2010 week-end.
As a result, so many individuals bought the full -length version of the work that Maids of Misfortune took the lead in the historic mysteries class where it remained for over two years. More importantly, the story turned out to be great pleasure to write and the reader enjoys it. Whilst I haven't written the next story for another two years (in this case after the release of my second novel), I began to follow the short stories I wanted to write during that two years.
When I wrote my third story, I had come to the conclusion that short storytelling is more than just giving a loss-leader to help me selling other accounts. Indeed, I believe that short story can be one of the most efficient ways for serial writers to maintain both reader and writer interest in a work.
Background #1: Short story-telling allows me to respond to happenings, places and especially people from my longer books. I am the writer of historic enigmas, and I am always struggling to keep an appropriate equilibrium between the competitive requirements of the evolution of the personality, the historic details and the dynamics of the story, while maintaining my fiction at a suitable length.
Composing short story-telling to help me create the background story, broaden the role of the supporting actors and create more historic contexts was essential to maintain this equilibrium within the novel while at the same time satisfy my own creativity. Historic fictional reader like to learn about the particulars of everyday living in the past and are interested in how the evolution of one' s personality gives insights into other people' s relations and behaviour in other time.
So, they anticipate that the historic books they are reading are quite long. On the other side, enigma readership tends to accelerate partially. They' re sure to want to know enough about the protagonists to get their motivation, but they want each and every sequence and talk to drive the mysterious storyline forward by letting hints fall, inserting kippers, etc...
COUNCIL For one example, the Council on Words Counting for Traditional Public Sources is that secrets should be under 100,000 words, while the upper bound for historic invention can go as high as 140,000 words. Fulfilling all these aspirations and not ending up with a giant volume that puts the readers endurance (especially the enigma reader) to the test means that I often have to give up small personalities and anecdotes.
However, another way I can meet my desire for enlargement has been to write short storylines that focus on these side actors and where I can give even more historic details about San Francisco in Victoria. I was able to explore their different people ( and some of the background tales they explained) in detail about women's fashions (they are tailors) and spent an entire sequence depicting the inside of the Palace Hotel.
I even wrote a premel for the show in my latest short story Madam Sibyl's First Client (only in the new collection). At Madam Sibyl's First Client I was able to tell this story and present some economical details about San Francisco in 1878 that would never have made it through the processing with my full-lengthsteries.
Indeed, apart from dandy detects, my short novels are not really riddles, and as such they are meant to please those who read my novels more for the historic context than for the story of enigma. As I was a page-turner before I switched to literature, that was satisfying.
Rationale #2: Short story-telling helps to develop and keep the interest in my show between the titles. I' m a relatively sluggish author. One part of the cause is that I write relatively long novels (my shorter is 110,000 words and my longest almost 140,000 - not long for historic destiny - very long for the enigma genre).
The additional research for a historic puzzle also needs a little bit of patience before it starts and during the letter. In addition to the research and authoring of those titles, the main part of the ongoing commercialization of my titles is the amount of work I do with my supporters and other writers.
It' s unbelievably worthwhile, but it's still the amount of free space you take from working on the next work. Eventually, being in my mid-60s, I spent most of my spare minute keeping my bodies in order (smiling) and attending my grandkids. It takes two years to keep the reader wait.
So my short story is my way of saying thank you to my supporters for their patience and keeping up their interest in the show in the meantime. Those tales also keep up my passion for the show. It tends to mark my motivations to write in the month when I market a work when it comes out first and then in the month when I do the fundamental research for the next work.
Guess this is one of the causes why some writers have more than one show at a stretch or why they get fatigued from their show after a few novels and move on to something else. However, I like my figures and the fascinating San Francisco Victoria and I have many tales to tell about them.
I' m remembered of that passion when I begin a short story. I' m able to write, review and post a short story in a single months and get immediate feedbacks on my book for sale and review, which is very motivational. Again, these short storytelling doesn't take much effort in reading it, which leads me to the third argument why I think short storytelling is good for serial writers.
The short story offers an affordable (temporal and financial) entry into a serial that can draw new audiences. That may have been the main motive for my first short story, but for me it' s the least important one now. I would not be dissapointed if I found out that everyone who has purchased one of my short story is already a big fans of the show.
Most of the guys who buy my new book drive are guys who have been reading at least one of my books, and one of the reason I made the drive was to make a printed copy available to those who still like pressure. But when Dandy Detects was released in April 2010, short story writing was still seen as something that writers were selling to journals, and conventional publishing houses were still successfully holding eBooks' awards up - often higher than paperbacks.
She had just released her first 99-cent album, KDP Select with its free time was not there, BookBub and other advertising websites did not send us e-mails every single businessday with all their discounts, and nobody spoke of perma-free lost leader titles. So a 99 cents or free short story was still a big thing.
Now, you can find long listings of free and even box kits of five or more titles for 99c. That a short story is free or 99 Cent, is no longer such an inducement to buy. This does not mean that short story writing cannot still be an important promotional instrument for writers who are either not willing or able (perhaps because they do not check the prices of their books) to discounted their full length work.
One of the few ways these authors can draw readers who are unwilling to spend a lot of cash on a novel by an unknown writer is to publish a free or 99 cents short story. Giving short story as a gift is also an efficient way to encourage others to register for a newsletters, join a blogs or like an author's page on your page on a facebook.
I' ve now given away two of my short novels through my newletter. Maybe more importantly, short story and short story short story short stories are appealing to more and more people because they are ideal for those who have little experience and a portable unit. People who have travelled recently or spend a lot of free travel space in bus and train stations or bus stops have experienced the fast and easy way to integrate cell telephones, pills and reading devices into their daily lives.
Amazon, never a wimp about anticipated consumer wishes, has reacted by having created a series of characteristics that emphasise the short form: Childle Singles, Kindle Worlds, DayOne and StoryFront. Only last months they launched a new function named Short Reads, which shows a selection of short story by the amount of elapsed times needed to complete the story.
I am optimistic that writers who write serials, whether they write historic novels, sci-fi or fictional books or modern books of any subgenre, will find it worthwhile to write short novels or short novels that use character and attitudes from their serial for many of the same purposes.
Alternatively, a modern, cosy enigmatic show can have minor side roles that the reader wants to know more about. Have a look at this interesting article and a few Elizabeth Spann Craig commentaries as an example. Every writer can use a short story from his serial to win new audiences or reward current one.
Each short story can increase the joy of the writer and the reader in the imagined realm made. Have you got samples of short story serials you think have profited from? Did you write short novels or think about them - with or without serialization?