Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Story Collections v. Novels

Taylor Antrim's piece for the Daily Beast tells us short story collections are big this year, defying conventional wisdom cited by naysaying agents and publishers when trying to persuade an author to write a novel instead. Thing is, story collections will continue to be published and some will do quite well. But the commercial successes are few and far between and still a dicey proposition for authors trying to get their foot in the door and the agents and publishers who want to help them.

-- Miriam


  1. And from what I remember, it's been this way for a long time.

  2. I miss real short stories--like the ones that used to appear in Reader's Digest before they turned all "soundbytes and snippets only." I used to love reading those stories over lunch, so your post has me thinking maybe I'll start buying short collections instead of subscribing to RD--help the authors along a little! :)

  3. This is wonderful news! I'v read quite a few lovely short story collections this year, and I hope they get their due.