One of my favorite authors, Ilona Andrews, is doing a Q&A on her blog right now. I caught the link on twitter. This time, two writers sent in questions and I thought she gave great answers. One of the writers asked whether it’s better to try to sell some short stories before you try to sell a novel.
I’ve had some experience with that. I started out writing and selling short stories. When I finally decided to submit a book, I’d had short stories in 10 Alfred Hitchcock mystery magazines, 2 Ellery Queen mystery magazines, 3 Barnes & Noble anthologies, and 2 WomenSleuth anthologies, among others. It helped to get editors to look at my submission, since I looked like a serious writer, but it didn’t help sell my books. Editors only take what they’re sure they can sell. If you send them a book that they think readers will buy, you’re in. If you send them books that they think are in a market they consider glutted or “dead,” (like cozy mysteries were then), you’re pretty much doomed. But Ilona Andrews gives the best answer. You can see for yourself: https://www.ilona-andrews.com/dreams-and-short-stories/
Which leads me to say, Do any of you have questions for me? If you ever do, just ask.