12.39: Q&A on Short(er) Fiction

Your Hosts: Brandon, Piper, Dan, and Howard

Our listeners sent us  some questions about writing shorter fiction. Here are the questions:

  • How do you market short stories today?
  • Has ebook self-publishing made novellas more viable?
  • How do you structure a short story?
  • How short is too short?
  • Is publishing sections of a novel a viable way to get traction for that novel?
  • What should I look for in the semi-pro market if professional publications have rejected my work?
  • What aspects are crucial in novels, but which don’t belong in short fiction.


Publication “reputation” references: Preditors and Editors, Absolute Write, Writer Beware

Credits: this episode was recorded in Cosmere House Studios by Dan Dan the Audioman Thompson, and mastered by Alex Jackson


Go buy a short story collection that has a variety of authors in it, and read it.

“Mind over Matter” by Howard Tayler (from Called to Battle, Volume 2  from Privateer Press.)

5 thoughts on “12.39: Q&A on Short(er) Fiction”

  1. They mentioned reading one of the Gardener Dozois/ GRRM anthologies on the show and it just so happens they have a new one that comes out on October 10th called The Book of Swords. Their anthologies are definitely worth checking out. I got the first couple to just read stories by Pat Rothfuss or Brandon or Scott Lynch and ended up reading the whole thing every time and I found some cool new writers like Sam Sykes (Buy his book).

  2. And the Utah Quadruplets, Brandon, Piper, Dan, and Howard, answer your questions about short(er) fiction! Why bite-sized novellas are good for marketing, pacing in tight places, how short is too short, using serialized publishing for extra traction, and how do you find a great semi pro market? Along with fizzling your bang, and ballooning subplots, characters, and locations! It’s all here in the transcript available in the archives or over here


    So while you’re waiting for the next episode, write something else!

  3. Maybe worth mentioning is the submission grinder. It’s a free website that helps you manage your short story submissions and has a huge list of markets. http://thegrinder.diabolicalplots.com/

    Takes very little time to find a new market to which you can submit your story. It also has statistics that help you know how long of a wait to expect before you hear back on your story.

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