As I release this post, I am in the midst of a week spent with the editors of WMG Publishing, participating in one of the most interesting, informative, and entertaining experiences I’ve yet had as a writer. I’m sitting elbow-to-elbow with some of today’s best writers, listening to and learning from some of today’s best editors. It’s a privilege and a pleasure to be here.
Among many other things, WMG publishes Fiction River magazine.
Called “one of the best and most exciting publications in the field today” by Adventures Fantastic, Fiction River is an original anthology series. According to the home page of their website, Fiction River was initially based on the anthology series of old—Universe, Orbit, Pulphouse—before rapidly evolving into its own entity. Fiction River publishes stories in many genres from all kinds of writers, with New York Times bestselling authors published alongside some of the best new voices in fiction. Fiction River also goes where no anthology series has gone before, with audio editions as well as ebook and trade paperback volumes that never go out of print. And Fiction River is available in English worldwide.
In praise of the short story…
I love to open up a book of short stories. It’s kind of like opening a box of chocolates and, in accordance with the wisdom of Mrs. Gump, not knowing what you’re going to get, but understanding that each surprise comes in a bite-size package. A quality collection of short stories—like a quality selection of chocolates—contains many delicious pleasures and rich nuggets to chew on, and the distance between set-up and pay-off is concentrated, offering a quick delivery. In today’s busy world, that can be a tremendous benefit.
Shorter fiction is making a come-back
But it takes a special kind of mind-set. Stephen King talks about this in a short video clip on YouTube. If you’re willing to put aside mediocrity, rise above laziness, and take a chance with a series of short-term commitments that could lead to life-long love of a new author or story gem, pick up a collection of short stories today. Why not make it Fiction River?
The only thing better than good chocolate, is good FREE chocolate
And the same can be said about story. So, if you haven’t got your free copy of the latest Joslyn Chase short story collection, what are you waiting for? Sign up for my reader’s group, which simply entails a twice-monthly email with updates and bonus material, and download your free copy of What Leads a Man To Murder.