The short story appeared to have its heyday end when magazines began closing their doors. During the eighties, nineties, and early two-thousands, a writer could break into their field by writing for magazines. But then things changed. Publishers began going online. Magazines disappeared.
It began to look like the short story was gone forever.
Or is it?
A smart author knows their book will at some point slow down in sales. This author will be preparing short stories to upload to sales venues such as Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and Smashwords, in order to use them as promotional material for their novels. What better way for a new reader to check out an author than to read a book that costs them less than a dollar and shouldn’t take more time to peruse than their coffee break?
The art of the short story isn’t easy for someone who has only concentrated on novels. You have to learn to condense characterization and plot, where only salient points are there. These stories seem almost barren, lacking in so many details the novels put forth. But they are well worth your time and effort to learn how to write them well.
Short stories can not only improve sales of your novels. They can help you develop a whole new fan base, one that grabs your book to while away an otherwise boring break. After all, who just sips coffee and stares off into space?