Independent Publisher Gives Short Stories Their Due With ‘Storybook ND’ Series

One of the most frustrating aspects of English-language publishing is the antipathy towards short stories and novels. Publishers won’t accept these forms because they don’t sell as well. Writers of shorter forms are advised to turn them into novels. As a result, bookstores are overflowing with novels, pushing short stories and short stories into increasingly tight corners.

The traditional outlet – the literary journal – has effectively been pushed online where people expect free content, further stoking an unfair but long-standing sense that there is a hierarchy of prose fiction, in which the novel is at the top of the scale. It is a self-perpetuating cycle that does not benefit anyone.

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