Friday, May 10, 2013

I love reading good news from the publishing world!

And I found some in the latest issue of Poets & Writers, about the e-revolution of the novella. These stories, that can't really be called short but are not really book-length, can be particularly challenging to get published. Running up against that word-count limit can be so disheartening when you think you've found the perfect home for a story. So I was eager to read this article.

First I learned about Byliner.com, a subscription reading service that "showcases a curated collection of narrative fiction and nonfiction from published writers." Bookmarked that one for my previously-published client. Then I read about Nouvella, an indie start-up that is forging a new path to publication for emerging writers of longer works of fiction. Getting these novella-length works published can be particularly challenging and I was excited to learn about it and immediately submitted work to them for one of my clients.  No fee! I also found a helpful list of the journals they like to peruse when scouting for new writing talent. Found a few new ones in that list (for me anyway) and ended up on the Submit page--click!

Reading further in P&W I learned that the Seattle Review publishes only long poems and novellas. And the venerable Ploughshares introduced their Solos program last year, creating a space for submissions that are too long for their print journal, and making them available as e-books.

So all you not-so-short-story writers take heart. And keep writing!

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