Writing Short Fiction That Sells
by Lee Masterson
Desert Star Publishing, Limited
Reviewed by Beth Morrow
Copyright 2006 - All
While researching information for an article on
getting published, it didn't take Lee Masterson, author and owner of the
Fiction Factor group of websites, long to realize that getting a story
published is much different than writing that story then finding a
paying market to suit that story. From the initial research question of
how to get a story published, Masterson found she'd amassed more than
enough information for her article--she had the makings of a book.
The results of Masterson's research, Short Fiction
That Sells, and its companion Short Fiction Market Listings
proves as interesting and informational as the Fiction Factor family of
websites. From idea to query, definition to instruction, story element
to writing exercises and markets to contests, Short Fiction That
Sells answers nearly every question you've had about writing shorter
pieces and where to get them published.
To make sure readers and writers are on the same page
when discussing the myriad differences between various short story
conventions, Masterson begins with a short but detailed review on the
elements of the short story. She also delineates between the word count
and expectations of four types of short stories currently in demand.
After a quick mention of where to get ideas,
Masterson launches into a dynamic section dealing with short story
characters. Guiding readers through a discussion of various aspects of
characters, Masterson presents brief, effective writing exercises to
help readers understand the importance of characterization as it applies
to their own works in progress. Point of view, setting, story structure,
conflict and dialogue sections complete the middle of the book and give
the reader ample opportunities to incorporate each element into their
The editing portion of Short Fiction That Sells
leaves nothing to chance. While most novice writers think a quick
spell-check solves their editing problems, Masterson gives a list of
other editing options that can only enhance the final story. Grammar,
structure, content and pacing are some of the elements Masterson details
with accompanying exercises to strengthen the story.
Masterson rounds out the book with a brief but
concise primer on formatting, submitting, query letters, contests and
The accompanying Short Fiction Market Listings
ebook is as informational as Short Fiction That Sells. Masterson
shares short story markets from a wide variety of genres, each market
with annotated descriptions and contact information for submitting those
short story gems created with the help of
Short Fiction That Sells.
Part instruction, part writing exercises and all
helpful knowledge, Lee Masterson's latest offering is a wonderful
offering to writers everywhere. Whether you're interested in getting
started in short story writing or looking to market the short stories
you've finished, Short Fiction That Sells and Short Fiction
Markets provide excellent advice and great guidance as you pursue
author: Beth Morrow is a nationally published
freelance writer whose first love is writing romance short stories.
While she's working to break through to the published ranks in fiction,
her latest nonfiction article on second language learners can be found
in the spring 2006 issue of the Kappa Delta Pi's New Teacher Advocate.