Monday, January 17, 2022

Shannon Lawrence & The Business of Short Stories

I'm excited to welcome my friend Shannon Lawrence, AKA The Warrior Muse, to the blog today! 

Shannon has a fabulous guide to the short story business coming out soon and I had a chance to ask her a couple of questions.

1. What was the most challenging part of writing a nonfiction book? 

I think the hardest part was figuring out how in-depth to go and how wide an array of topics to include. Luckily, I've been teaching short story workshops for years and paid attention to what attendees were asking, plus I had awesome beta readers. One of the things I asked my beta readers to do was to jot down the questions they hoped to have answered before they read the book, so they could let me know both their expectations and whether I'd met them.

2. Your cover is fantastic! How did you come up with the idea for it?

Thank you! All credit goes to my husband, who does my book covers. I pulled all the writing craft books off my shelves and we went over what I liked and didn't like about them. I knew I wanted something clean and bright and different. A lot of the craft books were dark and/or used red, but since my books are usually horror, I wanted to separate them and do something I don't usually get to do. He presented me with several great versions, including a compass I liked, but the post-its were so apropos of the writing life. I used a bunch while writing and putting this book together!

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The Business of Short Stories: Writing, Submitting, Publishing, and Marketing

Author: Shannon Lawrence
ISBN: 978-1-7320314-5-6
Format/Price: Print ($13.99) and e-book ($3.99)
Release Date: February 1, 2022


Will also be available after the release date from Ingram, Kobo, Barnes & Noble, and other sites.


Blurb: Whether you're looking to add short stories to your repertoire as a solo pursuit or in addition to novel writing, The Business of Short Stories covers every aspect from writing to marketing. Learn the dynamics of short story writing, where to focus your editing efforts, how and where to submit, how to handle acceptances and rejections, what to do with reprints, and how to market yourself and your stories online and in person. 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!

Author Bio: Shannon Lawrence has made a career of short stories, with over a
decade of experience and 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. 


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Thanks, Shannon!

Love the answers - I'm a post-it note fan as well!

Congrats on the book! It's going to be a great resource for all the short story authors out there!



19 comments:

  1. I adore short stories which require a definite (and well honed) skill set. Congratulations to Shannon and thank you to alerting us to this gem.

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    1. Short stories are tough to write well! Looking forward to Shannon's book!

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    2. Thank you for coming by AND for appreciating short stories!

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  2. Thank you for having me today, Jemi!

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    1. You're always welcome on my blog, Shannon! Happy to help!!

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  3. That's so cool that Shannon's husband designed her cover. Congrats to her on her new book!

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    1. I agree - he did a fabulous job!

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    2. Graphic design is something he wanted to get into, so we learn together as we go!

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  4. Shannon, a huge congratulations on your new release. Love the cover. Sounds like a very helpful book.

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  5. This is a great idea, and I'm sure people will want what you offer. Congratulations.

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  6. Love the cover Shannon's husband designed. Very appealing. Congrats to Shannon. Wishing her all the best. :)
    ~Jess

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    1. Thank you! I've been telling him he could do this as a side gig.

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  7. I've been reading about Shannon's book today and it sure looks like a great resource. And I agree, the cover is dynamic.
    -Sonia

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