Two years ago, my friend wrote a beautiful collection of short stories. She got them to a well-known lit agent who told her that there was no way any traditional NY publisher would touch a collection of short stories from a first-time author and advised her to re-work them into a novel. Now, with her novel almost finished, comes this article in the New York Times:
Good Fit for Today’s Little Screens: Short Stories
With Kindle Singles and the success of George Saunders, short is suddenly the new black.
Also, don’t discount the psychological boost you can get from ‘publishing’ anything, even a digital-only short story on Amazon. Getting your piece formatted and uploaded should be pretty quick and easy – of course, promoting and marketing it so anyone sees it won’t be quick or easy, it will be an endless grueling slog, but don’t let that stop you.
Or not. See the rebuttal article in Salon: http://www.salon.com/2013/02/21/sorry_the_short_story_boom_is_bogus/
As an analogy, the 19th C. novelist & companion of the composer Frederic Chopin; George Sand (her nom de plume) once remarked: “A short mazurka by Chopin is worth more than the big Operas of Meyerbeer (at the time a successful composer of Operas in 19 C. Paris) I think she also added… “bombastic” in her critique! Fred Holtz
(I forgot to add a fact of little importance. Meyerbeer’s Operas are all but forgotten today. His only claim to fame is that he was slightly influential to Wagner.)