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  1. “good news for writers everywhere, because the craft of writing shouldn’t be pushed into a corner by the cost of paper, the weight of a book, or the width of your spine” –

    nice two part series, thanks matthew

  2. Thanks for the mention and the interesting read, Matt! I do think e-publishing has opened up the length options, but I will say this – I still get a lot of reviews (good ones) saying my novellas are too short :). Readers, and I’m one of them, still prefer longer works on average, I think. We’ll see if that changes as authors release more short works!

    • Hi Deb – Thanks for stopping by! That’s encouraging that your readership is giving you positive feedback on your shorter works, even if they’re wishing for something longer. And, I agree, longer works are still where it’s at; immersion into story doesn’t happen in 12 pages.

      But I think we’re going to see wild experiments in the near future–exciting experiments–where we see just how far we can push the boundaries of “story”, both in short form and long. I understand the most popular epublishing in China has an entirely different format: very short, daily serials that go on and on and on for hundreds of thousands of words…essentially digital soap operas. The most popular of them might last for years. Now that’s short AND long form together…

      cheers!
      matt

  3. What I love so much about the indie scene is the shear volume of different types of titles. I think I made a blog post called ‘why I love my Kindle’ and in that I said that I’d never appreciated just how edited and written to forumla books from the ‘big’ and traditional publishing houses are.

    I think that reviewers need to be more constructive. It’s OK to not like something; literature is subjective. What appeals to me won’t necessarily appeal to Joe Bloggs on the street, but I always try to be balanced, fair and constructive in my reviews.

    There may be a return to how Dickens’ work and Arhtur Conan-Doyle’s work was originally published ie: weekly serialisation. Interestingly both DIckens and Conan-Doyle are enjoying a come-back over here in the UK. Its the Dickens’ bi-centenary this year and the BBC have serialised Great Expectations (superb adaptation) and also the Mystery of Edwin Drood. The BBC have also adapted some Sherlock Holmes tales, and, last time I checked, Sherlock Holmes was near the top of the amazon.co.uk Kindle charts.

    Intersting though; the Kindle and other e-book devices are opening people’s eyes to a wider range of books, which is, of course, no bad thing.

    I’m in awe of any author’s who can write short, or long, stories!

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