Friday, March 13, 2015

Stories at Their Natural Length

One of my friends at the dog park is a writer.

"How's it going," I ask her which is code for, "How is the book coming along?"

She shrugs and replies, "About 20,000 words in the last month."

Stunning. That would be my lifetime production—though if I counted all my rewrites—I could get there easily.

Amazon has saved me from the land of never-never publish. Their concept of 'short reads'— writings of 20 to 100 pages—has given me a legitimate and marketable format.

Amazon describes them as 'stories told at their natural length.'

I pray the authors of 250-page books that are actually 70 pages fluffed-up will hear about this concept.