How do I Market a Collection of Short Stories?

Eighteen months ago I decided to expand my writing horizon and learn how to write short stories for no other reason, than to see if I could. Playing around with voice and structure, I was inspired by lots of different things around me and let my imagination run wild on the page.

Some of my stories were leveraged from real events which I suppose many writers do. I read somewhere that writers should write what they know. Historical fiction for me is not necessarily what I know but what Iโ€™ve found out. My short stories on the other hand are closer to what I know or have observed.

Now that I have a collection of short stories what do I do with them? One of my stories has been published in the Monash Writers Group Anthology while another was short listed in the Lane Cove Literary Awards.

Iโ€™ve published one novel so why not publish a collection of short stories. The process is similar. It needs an editor, a snappy book cover, an ISBN, formatting etc.

But the marketing is quite different. My novel fell neatly into an historical fiction niche. Where does a collection of short stories fall? Who reviews short stories? Who areย my readers? How do I get a readership in amongst all the books that are published daily?

If anyone has successfully marketed a short story collection, I would love to hear from you. In the meantime, I’m getting read to publish and take the leap into another new round of learning.

17 thoughts on “How do I Market a Collection of Short Stories?

  1. kathycecala

    Are you planning to self-publish or find a traditional publisher? Short story collections can be hard to market either way, but it can be done; I think that niche is becoming more popular among readers.

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  2. Barbara

    I think short stories are hard to market but I love that you are doing it. You will help create that market like we all do with our books, (well some better than other lol). I look forward to you sharing the process.

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  3. ashutoshrg

    That’s inspiring to know, since I started writing short stories only a few months ago. It’ll be of much help to me too, if I get to know about publishers and the audience etc. For short stories. Great job. ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Day's Lee

    I published a short story collection with Smashwords because the publishers I queried said short story collections are hard to sell. Even though sales have not been great, it was a good learning experience. Have you entered any in contests?

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