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So I Have A New Collection Out

Before you ask, as someone did “Sarah, why are you writing all these short stories when you could be writing novels?”  I am not writing all these short stories. I have written all these short stories, some of them a decade or more ago.

There was a time — now more than 10 years ago, when I wrote a short story a week, rain or shine.  Mostly because I hate to have my novels critiqued when in progress.  Lots of people forget, week to week just what’s in it, and give you bizarre critiques and, if you’re like me, you worry.

So while writing novels, I wrote a short story a week.  Maybe this time will come again, now the boys are more or less raised and I’m feeling better.

Anyway, at the end of those 2 or 3 years I had a hundred and fifty — give or take — short stories, all of whom except a few written when I was brain dead (happens) went on to sell.

Sure I could bring those short stories out as individual stories, but if I did my short stories would overwhelm my novel length work.  I.e. people wouldn’t find it.  So, while I’m working on Alien Curse (a little space opera, a little magic) I thought I’d put out a collection.  That was the last one So Little And So Light.

But then… then I had some house/family stuff to deal with and novel is delayed, so I put out the second, Trade Winds (Actually my fifth? sixth?) collection.

It’s hard to blurb a collection that contains stories spanning 18 years and some pretty strong changes in my writing style and opinions and… well, life experience.

If you read it, I’d like to see your guesses as to which stories are older.

Oh, yeah, it contains a novella that’s a sequel to AFGM set 10 years later, and a bridge to the next set of novels that will involve those characters (not the next couple of them.)

Anyway, what else?  Oh, yeah.  I did the cover.  I mean all of it.  yes, I know the lettering is not “expert level” yet, but I’m taking a graphic design course in my copious spare time, so hopefully I level up.

Anyway, going to work on Alien Curse, now.

The picture is a link, should you wish to buy.




  1. Draven #

    I like the cover.

    Speaking of covers, what do you think of the one for Guardian?

    September 12, 2018
    • I like it a lot. I’d cued this post when I saw it. Guess I’ll put it up another time.

      September 12, 2018
  2. More Sarah is never a bad thing in my mind

    September 12, 2018
  3. Zsuzsa #

    If you don’t mind me bringing up something only tangentially related:

    I’ve been wondering how Kindle Unlimited interacts with short story collections. I remember a few months ago, we were talking about the KU rules and how you aren’t supposed to have content near the back that the reader might skip to. We discussed whether there were any places where the reader might legitimately want to skip around, and it occurred to me that short story collections might be one: it wouldn’t be unusual for a reader to be interested in some of the stories near the back and less so in the ones closer to the front, or to want to read the stories out of order.

    Any idea on how the policies work there?

    September 12, 2018
  4. 23 skidoo

    September 13, 2018
  5. Quick check: If we have your previous collections, will these be new (or mostly?).

    Because if so, woo, with a side order of hoo.

    You seem to have expressed serious doubt about the quality of your short stories, but I like them a lot. They’re very … Hoyt-ish. Like your essays.

    September 13, 2018
    • Some of them are new. The titles are at the end of the description. I don’t think that Trade Winds, Leaving Home, Some Other Pieta and a couple others have been out since they first came out in tiny mags, and of all things All Who Are Thirsty came out in Fortean Bureau (paid pro rates.) And that was it.
      Nah. I don’t doubt my stories, though some of these are old enough that I’m nervous about them. I lived with them so long, it’s not obvious if they’re good, if that makes sense.
      BUT — but — the real problem is SELLING them. They’re all sf, but range from alternate history to mil sf, to a Simak-esque alien contact. I don’t know what to put in descriptions to sell them.

      September 13, 2018
  6. Christopher M Chupik #

    (to buy/read pile grows one book larger)

    September 13, 2018
  7. I’m glad you brought up So Little and So Light. I read Neptune’s Orphans last night. IT WAS AWESOME!!!! 🙂

    Sorry… fan-boy squee done…. mostly….

    September 13, 2018
  8. Uncle Lar #

    This one was a pleasure to copy edit, though with some of the stories I found myself having the same problem I do with Amanda’s books, I get so involved in the story I forget what I’m there for. So in those cases I had to read the story twice, first for fun, then with a red pencil.
    The collection cuts a broad swath across sub genre, from hard science to pure silliness. A bit of something for everyone.

    September 13, 2018
  9. mrsizer #

    I don’t really want to read it now, but if I don’t get it now, I’ll lose it. Purchased. No idea when the review will go up.

    September 13, 2018

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