I have yet to have anyone convince me that writing a short story hasn’t become a waste of time.
It appears to me that all the paying markets for short stories have become closed-loop systems where the only people buying and reading them are those who are trying to get published in them.
The general reading public (or at least the small part of it I’ve sampled) aren’t that interested in short stories, and if they are, they prefer to read them in anthologies.
Books, I’ve decided, rule. Even if they’re just electronic.
Speaking of which, I just subscribed to Orson Scott Card’s Intergalactic Medicine Show on my Kindle. If there’s anything that can save magazine markets for short stories, it’s going to be an eReader.
Why, suddenly, did I do that?
Well, because I sent them a story, that’s why.
Actually I’ve always liked Orson – his stories used to blow me away, especially back in the days of Omni magazine – and plus, the publication is edited by Edmund R. Schubert, who I published on Dark Energy SF. Not that this means anything. Chances are still overwhelmingly in favor of me getting a rejection slip.
Yes, I still get those.
“Facebook says more than 65 million people around the world now regularly use a mobile device to access the social network, more than triple the number who connected through a smart-phone or other mobile device nine months ago.”
This was a quote from this morning’s SiliconValley.com‘s First Edition.
Indicators for over the last year have pointed to mobile web devices surging to become, if not the most used Internet viewing device, then at least a major rival to traditional laptops and desktop computers. This is why about 6 months ago, convinced that if anyone is going to read short fiction, they’re going to do it online — and on a mobile device — I set up FoneFic.com.
It hasn’t taken off. And people I quiz about it (not writers, but normal everyday people who read books) their eyes kind of glaze over, and I get the impression that they’re not really interested. My idea for the mobile fiction site is somewhat interesting, but not the short fiction itself. And not specifically the short fiction I have featured, but the idea of short stories in general.
So I have to ask myself … am I just ahead of the curve? Or is short fiction actually dead?