Yesterday’s post, where I asked if the rise in digital publishing would result in the revival of the short story, is part of a series of thoughts I’ve been having since I’ve started working on my short story collection, Capital Comes Dripping.
Of course, the debate surrounding digital publishing, the likely demise of traditional publishing and all that is a debate that’s alive and well at the moment.
But the point of my post wasn’t chiefly to do with digital publishing. It’s to do with short fiction and its relative unpopularity compared to its bigger sister, the novel.
Is the short story collection underrated?
Big publishers are known for barely going near short story collections unless they’re already selling tonnes of novels, like Stephen King. I’ve found that small presses are a little more likely to accept collections, so perhaps the shake up in publishing might be a blessing disguise for short fiction writers.
Long Story Shorts from Affirm Press sounds like an exciting opportunity for short fiction and I kind of hope I can get my collection in working order before the deadline. But if not, hopefully it might contribute to a precedent of more publishers accepting more collections, even by unknowns.
Do people think the short story collection is underrated or do you think it doesn’t deserve the same status as a novel? And how are we going to revive the short story collection?