short fiction

Krista D. Ball interviews me about short fiction

Krista D. Ball interviews me on her site today about writing and marketing short fiction, including the following:

  • Is the short form your favourite to write, or did you just fall into that?
  • How does an author choose when to do a collection?
  • As a reader, what do you look for in short fiction?
  • Do the works of others influence where your ideas take you?
  • What advice would you give an unpublished writer trying to break into short stories?
  • What is your opinion on unpaid or very low paying markets? Do you have a firm rule (“I never work for under 2 cents a word”) or do you play it by ear for each market and/or piece?

Read the interview here.

Workshop on marketing short fiction in Guelph, Sept 21

I'll be appearing at the main branch of the Guelph Public Library on September 21 at 7pm, to repeat the workshop on marketing short fiction that I gave with On Spec's Diane Walton this past May out in Edmonton. This workshop will be the first in a new series that Kevin Nunn has added to the Sound of Writing reading series. Readings and workshops will alternate on a monthly basis going forward, if all works out as Kevin hopes. Here's a link to the public Facebook event page.

I'm planning to cover the same topics as in the Edmonton workshop, but this time, unfortunately without the editor's perspective that Diane provided. Here's the outline:

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