Where Greyhart Press leads, Random House and Penguin follow

Some Kindle short fiction, yesterday.

Okay, so the big publishers are probably not keeping a nervous eye specifically on our little outfit, but I felt pretty smug reading the current edition of The Bookseller, to find out that, in the UK, the Big Six are indeed following our lead.

Random House are launching a short fiction brand called StoryCuts, priced from 99p-£3.99. Random House’s digital editor, Dan Franklin, said: “It’s that principle that is intuitive at the moment, taking short stories and selling them outside of collections.” That’s pretty much exactly what I wrote in the Greyhart Press launch publicity back in May.

Meanwhile, over at Penguin, a new series of Penguin Shorts are being launched, priced £1.99. Penguin US will follow next year. Viking publishing director Venetia Butterfield (what a cool publishing-type name) said: “They are explicitly designed to be read anywhere, on any device, in a small space of time-and fill a genuine gap in the market.” Again, that’s what I said back in May.

I welcome these new entrants to our field. Come on in, the water’s warm and there’s plenty of space. Having been a manager in a large corporation for many years, I relish the advantage I have as a sole proprietor in being able to quickly steer Greyhart Press in exciting new directions. It’s not quite so easy at the larger corporations, as I know very well. But the idea of short fiction married to eReaders, tablets and smartphones is such a compelling and exciting one that I’ve guest posted about this before: Are you ready for novellas? Three reasons why they’re coming your way.

Click on the link to read more about Random House Storycuts and Penguin Shorts

About Tim C. Taylor

Tim C. Taylor writes science fiction and is the author of 21 published novels as of August 2021. His latest book is 'Hold the Line', published by Theogony Books. Find out more at humanlegion.com
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