Jayne here, and no I am not talking about clothing, although I am sure I do have some mystery shorts in my bureau somewhere, ha ha. I write mainly true crime/non-fiction, but in the past I have written short stories, primarily sci-fi/fantasy (yes, I did!). My first six books were about Okinawa, Japan, with three of them fiction (one a children’s book). Although I am researching my new book on cyberbullying, I had an idea for a book of short stories that are mysteries – cold case files type of thing.
Is there a market for a book of short stories like that, or should I consider fleshing them out as possible novels? I have three done already (well, in my head, but all thought out and ready to type). Before I go crazy typing them up, I’d like some feedback.
What are your thoughts on short stories? Better as standalone in a book filled with other author’s short stories, sold to a magazine or other publication, as an e-book, or better as a full novel?
On a side note, by the time you read this I will have been on a panel at UCONN (go Huskies!) about a very interesting case: http://www.washingtonpost.com/national/supreme-court-case-tests-the-limits-of-free-speech-on-facebook-and-other-social-media/2014/11/23/9e54dbd8-6f67-11e4-ad12-3734c461eab6_story.html. This is definitely testing that line between online harassment and freedom of speech, as was a recent incident at UCONN: https://www.reddit.com/r/UCONN/comments/31sul9/ras_for_social_justice_allege_their_antiracism/. It should be an enlightening and lively talk.
I know I’m keeping this short, but it’s an almost three hour drive for me. Wish me luck!