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Rebirth of the Short Read

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How times change! By times, I really mean trends. Not two years ago, I emailed a well-known promotional site for eBooks and asked if it was possible to have my short story, Edge of the World, promoted.

The site owner’s reply was swift and to the point: he did not bother to promote shorts because no one wrote or read them any more. His opinion was based on his long-term experience in the business. He advised me to offer a full novel as a free download. It did not matter that I was willing to pay the same price as I’d pay to promote a full novel.
Fast forward to the present. Go into the Amazon site and click on Kindle Store. Scroll down on the left panel to Kindle Short Reads. In parenthesis, you will see the number 1,194,877.  That is the number of short reads being offered by Amazon at the moment.  That’s right. There are over a million shorts featured on Amazon!


Two years ago, the shorts on Amazon were mainly offered by self-published authors on non-fiction topics such as do-it-yoursel…