The Short Story







Far too many authors refuse to consider short stories. They think of those as a waste of their time. Yet, the short story can offer your potential fans a chance to check your style, to see if they like what you have to offer.

How can you promote your novels with the short story? There are several different ways. First, a short story can ignite interest in your novels if it’s the same genre or a similar story. You might even write a prequel to your novel in a short story and let the reader get a taste of what they’ll find in the book.

The short story also offers the author a chance to stretch their writing muscles, by teaching you how to condense your work. Because the elements of a short story are that you must have all the elements of a novel, but in a smaller format, you can’t rely on long paragraphs of exposition in order to move the action along. You are forced to use one word when once you would have used hundreds.

Do you want to write in a genre that isn’t what you usually do? Start with a short story. Let your imagination fly, but keep the word count below twenty-thousand words or less. Develop those characters and situations, always remembering to leave the reader demanding more. Once you’ve done this, once you have people screaming for more, more, more is the time you set out to write a novel outside your comfort zone.

Perhaps you’re the author who only does short stories. Since the magazine market fizzled at the turn of the century, you’ve found it difficult to locate a home for your short stories. There are publishers who encourage their authors to produce short stories, whether for anthologies or as standalone tales. Seek them out and ask if they’re interested in their work. You might be pleasantly surprised at what you find.

One other thing to remember, as with the novel writer, you must be ready to promote your short stories on social media. People won’t be purchasing a magazine where your short story is prominently advertised either on the cover or in the contents listing. It’s entirely up to you to make sure people know they can get their copy for less than a dollar on Amazon!




About the K.C. Sprayberry

Born and raised in Southern California’s Los Angeles basin, K.C. Sprayberry spent years traveling the United States and Europe while in the Air Force before settling in northwest Georgia. A new empty nester with her husband of more than twenty years, she spends her days figuring out new ways to torment her characters and coming up with innovative tales from the South and beyond.

She’s a multi-genre author who comes up with ideas from the strangest sources. Those who know her best will tell you that nothing is safe or sacred when she is observing real life. In fact, she considers any situation she witnesses as fair game when plotting a new story.

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Comments

Martin Kloess said…
Good encouragement and advise
KC Sprayberry said…
Thank you. I actually began my career in the short story business. Back in the bad old days when magazines were king. I've found writing short stories now keeps me sharp for getting as much information as possible into a tight, short description.