Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The New Age of Short Fiction? Maybe.

This morning, Amazon announced a new mini e-book section called "Kindle Singles." They have requested well crafted stories, essays, and articles ranging from 10,000 to 30,000 words to be added to this new platform.

Now, I can't say that I am an author of any chapbooks currently, but I have recently bought a few. I enjoy being able to sit down and read an entire story in one sitting. I might even consider running with a few stories that seem to be of dubious length.

I can't shake the thought that this could be an excellent beta test for self publishing. Not just for me either. There are tons of authors out there who are sitting on novelas, and figure they will never sell due to the short length.

The implications of this could be far reaching in publishing. If a small name author were to publish a novella, and say it sells a few thousand copies, it would most certainly help their chances of finding a mainstream publisher. It could also help make them a little bit of side money in the process.

I doubt I will get it done this month, but I may have an idea that would work for this. If I send a story out, I will report my experience.

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On an odd side note, my blog and NaNoWriMo story have been mentioned on a site about synthetic biology. Though this is a major theme in my next story, I am really not sure what to think of this attention. I was asked to write a synopsis (Oh how I hate doing this, especially before writing a story) and provide a link to this blog.

Check it out here: http://2010.igem.org/Team:British_Columbia/HP_nanowrimo

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