I saw that Amazon Publishing now has a digital short story imprint called StoryFront. I have always thought that e-publishing is great for short pieces. Witness the success of Kindle Singles.
Here are some of the reasons I like to e-publish short fiction:
- An author can write a novella or short story and package it with a sneak peek at an upcoming novel. It serves as a great marketing tool.
- An author who wants to enter a particular genre can test the waters with a short novella and see what kind of response he or she gets.
- Since the short fiction magazine market tends to pay poorly, writers can get the rights to their stories and format them for e-books and hopefully, earn more than they did as magazine articles.
- Each short e-book gives an author additional exposure, putting their name out just as often as a novel would.
- Short e-books allow potential readers the opportunity to see if they like an author’s writing style without having to pay $5-$8 for a novel.
- Short e-books make great books to use as promotional giveaways in an author’s marketing program.
As for the new Amazon imprint, I will look into it more and maybe even submit something to see how the response compares to what I get with my existing short e-books.
Here’s a link to a story about Amazon’s StoryFront launch.