Publishing options for a collection of literary short fiction
May 27, 2013 2:32 PM Subscribe
I'm nearing completion of a book of very short stories that riff in various ways on the 'joke' form. The pieces are 1-2 pages. I want to publish this book. I'm not sure the best way.
posted by skwt to Work & Money (4 answers total) 3 users marked this as a favorite
It seems the conventional way to do this would be to find several small presses, and try to make it happen with them. I'm currently in an MFA program and know people who can advise me if I want to try to do it that way. Also, in some ways the book is conventionally 'literary' and a natural fit for a literary small press.
However, I've also been wondering about Amazon self-publishing. The thing is, it seems I've mostly seen Amazon self-publishing referenced as an outlet for broad genre-y stuff, which this book is definitely not. However, even though the book isn't 'genre', I'd like to think it’s pretty fun to read and might could possibly do ok saleswise if people knew it existed.
My goals are 1) to make a little money, and 2) to have the book read by most living people. I think these goals are complementary, ie not at odds, so that seems good. Since I'm also considering teaching creative writing as a job, the prestige of the press is a 3rd factor that might be at odds with goals #1 and #2.
If you have any advice re all this I'd be happy to hear it. I'd also be especially interested if you have published a book with a small press, and which one it was, and how that went for you.
Finally, if you are interested in looking at the MS itself and offering me more specific advice, I'd be grateful for that and more than happy to send you the PDF. The MS right now is 85 pages. Also, examples of some of my 'jokes' that have already been published can be found on my website, in my profile.