Today I would like to welcome Shannon Lawrence to Adventures in Writing. She has a new book coming out February 1st, entitled: The Business of Short Stories: Writing, Submitting, Publishing, and Marketing. Welcome Shannon.
Hello, Victoria. Thank you for having me.
Shannon has made a career of creating and selling short stories with over a decade of experience. She has more than fifty short stories published in magazines and anthologies. In addition, she’s released three horror short story collections with a mix of new and previously published stories. Her true crime podcast Mysteries, Monsters, & Mayhem is going into its third season.
Well done, Shannon! Let’s get to the interview. I know your new release is packed with information, so let’s just give our readers a taste of your knowledge.
What is your understanding of a short story?
Shannon: A short story is a story with a full story arc that falls within about 1000 to 8000 words (with some flexibility on that word count, depending upon publishers).
How does it differ from a novella or a novel?
Shannon: Novellas and novels tend to have a series of story arcs, with at least one overarching arc that covers the entire book, but also subplots. Short stories usually only have a single major arc, which is not to say they can’t have subplots, but they would all have to be resolved in a satisfying fashion within the word count.
How would you limit the scope of the story to fit the word count requirements of short stories?
Shannon: In the beginning, the easiest way is to limit the number of characters and the subplots. Focusing on one central idea, one setting, a few characters, and one story arc is the best way to get the rhythm of short stories down. The more comfortable you become with the short form, the more you can break the rules!
Why do you feel there’s a need for short story collections or anthologies in the world at this time?
Shannon: We’ve become people who enjoy quicker consumption of things, including stories. Though short stories have been around for ages, they’re perfect in the modern day where our attention spans are strained or limited. A short story should be consumable in one sitting. Someone with very little time to read can easily read a story whenever they get a chance and they don’t have to worry about trying to remember what they last read!
So true, Shannon. I write and sell young adult short story adventures. And I look forward to reading The Business of Short Stories: Writing, Submitting, Publishing, and Marketing to learn how to market a collection or two of my stories.
Thank you so much for sharing this insight with Adventures in Writing followers. If you’ve found Shannon’s discussion inspirational, you can preorder either the e-book or the paperback edition here.
Here are the details of her new release:
The Business of Short Stories: Writing, Submitting, Publishing, and Marketing by Shannon Lawrence.
Format/Price: Print ($13.99) and e-book ($3.99)
Release Date: February 1, 2022
The information in The Business of Short Stories has been distilled from over a decade of short story publishing experience so you don’t have to learn the hard way. You’ll find information on submission formatting, cover letters, querying a collection, sending proposals to writing events, how to create a website, SEO, social media, and so much more. This is an invaluable resource for short story writers. There’s never been a better time to get into short stories!
You can follow Shannon on social media:
Podcast Website: www.mysteriesmonstersmayhem.com
I’ve pre-ordered my copy. How about you?
8 thoughts on “An Interview with Shannon Lawrence”
Congratulations, Shannon! Short stories are perfect for those short attention spans.
Basically, it gives readers a full-story fix in a short amount of time. Perfect for busy people in this day and age.
Thanks so much, Alex, for visiting and leaving a note. All best to you, sir!
It sounds hard to write a short story within the word count guidelines, and I admire writers who can write them. Congrats to Shannon on her book!
A good short story is truly difficult to create. It needs to be a complete story, as Shannon notes here.
Thank you so much for your note here at Adventures in Writing, Natalie. All best to you!
Thank you, Alex and Natalie, for being so supportive!
And thank you for having me, Victoria!
My pleasure, Shannon. I can’t wait for The Business of Short Stories to come out. All best to you with this new release.
Congratulations Shannon! Yes, we do prefer shorter stories now with our busy lives.
Isn’t it exciting for Shannon? I’ve just finished reading The Business of Short Stories, and it is chock full of information for the working writer.
Thank you so much for your comment here at Adventures in Writing. All best to you!