Playing the Short Game

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About the author:

Douglas Smith is an award-winning Canadian author of fantasy, SF, horror, supernatural, and the ever popular "undefinable" who has been published in thirty countries and twenty-five languages around the world.

Doug is a three-time winner of Canada's Aurora Award for speculative fiction and has been a finalist for the international John W. Campbell Award, Canada's juried Sunburst Award, the CBC Bookies award, and France's juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane.

His other works include:

THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD (Lucky Bat Books, 2013) – Urban fantasy novel

CHIMERASCOPE (ChiZine, 2010) – Collection – Finalist for the Sunburst Award, Aurora Award, and CBC Bookies Award

IMPOSSIBILIA (PS Publishing, 2008) – Collection – Finalist for the Aurora Award

LA DANSE DES ESPRITS (Dreampress, 2011) – Collection – Finalist for France's Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane

A sample of what others have said about Doug and his writing:

"One of Canada's most original writers of speculative fiction." — Library Journal

"His stories are a treasure trove of riches that will touch your heart while making you think." — Robert J. Sawyer, award-winning author

"A great storyteller with a gifted and individual voice." — Charles de Lint, award-winning author

Doug's website is and he tweets at smithwrtr.

Playing the Short Game

How to Market and Sell Short Fiction

Authored by Douglas Smith

Take your first step to selling more stories and building a career as a short fiction writer—buy this book!

In an engaging and conversational style, award-winning author Douglas Smith teaches how to market and sell short fiction—and much, much more.

Even experienced writers will find value in these pages as Smith takes us on a journey that begins with making your first sale and ends with learning to use short stories to build a foundation for a career in fiction.

The book covers the following:

The Fundamentals: The different types of writers. The benefits of short fiction. Rights and licensing for short fiction.

Selling Your Stories: Knowing when it's ready. Choosing the right market. Submitting stories. Mistakes to avoid. How editors select stories (and why). Dealing with rejections. When to give up on a story.

After a Sale: Short fiction contracts. Working with an editor. What your first sale means. Dealing with reviews.

A Writer's Magic Bakery: Selling reprints. Selling in foreign languages. Selling audio rights. Selling a collection. The indie option.

As You Become Established: How to leverage your short fiction. Discoverability tools and promotion. Career progression in short fiction.

With an introduction by the multi-award winning author and editor, Kristine Kathryn Rusch:

"We short story writers have needed a book like this for decades. I’m glad Doug decided to write it. Read and reread this volume. Because you’ll learn something each time you do. And take Doug’s advice. It’s spectacular.

Don’t take my word for it. Turn the page and dive in. By the time you’re done, I’ll wager you’ll be recommending this book to your writer friends—just like I have." —Kristine Kathryn Rusch

Publication Date:
1928048226 / 9781928048220
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Binding Type:
US Trade Paper
Trim Size:
6" x 9"
Black and White
Related Categories:
Language Arts & Disciplines / Publishing

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