Tuesday, January 15, 2013

You’re Darn Right Short Stories Sell!!

Oh yes they do!
Let’s take the new website that I’m promoting for your enjoyment called Lunchtime Reads. If you check the names of the authors on the covers, many can be found on the Amazon best-sellers lists in different categories from romantic suspense, to paranormal to contemporary.


These authors know something that is finally coming to light. Readers love reading anything that’s well written. They’ll forgive a story that’s too short by reviewing with remarks like – wished this story hadn’t ended so soon. Or love the story – just wanted it to go on longer.


 What they can’t forgive is a badly written book, no matter what the length.


I have to admit that on my first try, I wasn't sure if I'd managed to give my characters and plot enough structure. I worried that there wouldn’t be sufficient words in order to properly describe the setting. And emotions…  I love writing emotionally charged
 scenes. Would this have to change?


Over time, I leaned something surprising.


I realized that I had to make every word count. To think in ways that can minimalize action and ramp up emotion, not with a lot of words, but more powerful ones.  I also decided that there couldn’t be multitudes of characters, but that my two protagonists would most likely have to carry the tale. And only one major conflict or action scene was necessary. I learned that the sagging middle that attacks many novels was a thing of the past. Not enough time for a sagging middle – or at least I bloody-well hoped not. Every word needed to matter, every scene needed to count.


Pretty soon I actually enjoyed pitting myself against the challenge. It was fun knowing that a book could be written in a week and edited in the second one. Not to have to work on one project for months before completion turned me on big-time. And from now on, I’ll never hesitate to take on a project with only 15,000 words or less.


Give it a try. What can you lose? Better yet—what can you gain?

****Speaking of short stories, I’m working on a ‘bridge’ story which will cover the time between Roll the Dice and the next full-length Vegas book called High Stakes Gamble. This short is called Vegas Rift, and for those of you who have read the series, it will describe Detective Aurora Morelli’s life after she becomes a killer and before her newborn daughter is kidnapped by a vicious baby snatcher.

Available next month on Amazon.

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  1. Hi Mimi,
    Really interested in your 'bridge' and High Stakes Gamble gonna have to get a copy of these. I hope you are well.

  2. Thanks Adele. The bridge book "Vegas Rift" will be out at the beginning of next month and I hope to have High Stakes Gamble out in March...no rest for the wicked :-)