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A Long Tale of Short Stories

How Amazon strangled the short story, and why we have to try a different strategy to revive them.

Most publishers, no matter their size, primarily sell novels and sometimes anthologies. Stand-alone short stories are rarely salable to customers.


We wanted to see if short stories—as their own art form—could be given the same intensive care given longer works. This would also help us create a range of both authors and genres, allow us to develop relationships with authors, and help promote the careers of those authors. We had hoped that if those short story authors also wrote novels, they would bring them to us. It can be quite a disappointment when an author we have worked with on short stories, turns and gives their novel to another publisher.


We initially debated whether or not to even put the shorter works on Amazon or other distributors beyond our website. We decided it was important to get the work out, to build a readership for our publishing group and for our authors.


What we didn’t expect would be that it would significantly slow our overall process. And some authors were angry when we didn’t give the covers of short stories the same amount of time and money we put into novels. With science fiction and fantasy particularly, we are unable to afford to commission art for short stories, given their low return.


Some authors we worked with seemed unaware of the challenges involved, whether it was the time in editing or the cost of making covers. And even fewer are aware of the challenges we faced in actually selling the works. In part, this is because Amazon, and other distributors who follow their lead, have sabotaged the short story market.

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Crossed Rose – Excerpt

Story Cover for Crossed Roseby D.M. Atkins

At a leather play party, Davey, a shy trans man, sees the woman of his dreams—Maria, the beautiful, brown-skinned woman in red. Davey wants her desperately enough to ask Papa, a stranger at the crossroads, for her heart. Papa's instructions seem simple enough, but failing to follow them might cost Davey more than just his soul. (M/F)

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Learning from the Master – Excerpt

Story Cover for Learning from the Masterby Lynn Kelling

Most things in life come easily to eighteen-year-old Jenner Parrish, who’s on track to inherit the family business, and is popular, well-liked and good looking. He has everything he could want, except when it comes to love, and sex. Closeted, lonely and desperate, he acquires an invitation to an event at a nearby private gay club, Manse. Feeling out of his element and for the first time quite shy, Jenner is unable to play the wallflower when he captures the attention of the suave, seductive owner of Manse, David Davenport. David is used to getting what he wants, and what he wants is gorgeous young Jenner, who begins to realize every fantasy and wild desire could be his for the taking, if only he dares to ask and obediently serve. (M/M/M)


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Mariella – Excerpt

Story Cover for Mariellaby R.W. Whitefield

Mariella uses magic to protect her kingdom, but also to choose her gender from male to female. As a princess, she knows she can rule her kingdom well if only her father, the king, would accept that she is not a boy. Yet the king banishes her to the servant’s quarters before marrying her off to the enemy kingdom. Mariella loves her new husband, an ice-cold prince, and has the power to save his kingdom. But first she must seduce him and win his heart.




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Ghastly – Excerpt

Story Cover for Ghastlyby Todd Michaels

One man, living alone, has survived the end of the world. An epidemic has swept the globe and turned its victims into undead cannibals. The walls of his rustic mountain cabin, which served as a welcomed retreat in his previous life, are slowly closing in. After eighteen months of survival and solitude, he feels isolation taking its toll. Intent on relieving his carnal urges before going completely mad, he travels to a nearby town, and finds a female companion with a few surprises of her own. (M/F)




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From the Storm – Excerpt

Story Cover for From the Stormby E.E. Grey

Bailey is exactly where he doesn’t want to be: stuck at work during the worst storm of the summer, but he’s got a case to finish. When the power goes out and it’s just him and Ian—the hot intern he’s been tentatively dating—everything is ruined. Or is it? (M/M)




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