I am in the editing stage of a book of short stories. This will be different from my other two books of short fiction in a number of ways. The other two were both pretty eclectic, while this is all science fiction. Seasons of Imagination had 36 stories and totaled about 71K words. Embers had 22 stories and totaled about 90K words. This book will only have 11 stories and be close to 75K words, so the average story length, having jumped for Embers, has jumped again.
I like short stories. I like to read them, and I like to write them. Although I like the novels and longer novellas I put out, I think my short stories (and short novellas) as given in these three collections are my best works of fiction. I know this format is not the best if trying to sell books, but… Both Seasons of Imagination and Embers have sold better than The Old Mill or The Haley Branch and much, much better than my two fantasy novellas, so… They also each have almost as many reviews (or at least stars) as those three put together.Continue reading