12 thoughts on “The Long and Short of Why I Write Short Stories in my Victorian San Francisco Mystery series”

  1. Louisa, thank you so much for this post. It is the first sensible piece I have ever read about short stories that gives writes a lot of meat to munch on. Our own Gayle is a master of shorts, too, and we all appreciate her expertise. How clever of you to figure out your initial foray into publication, and to continue to write both short and long. Thanks, too, for sharing your marketing ideas. The concept of providing minor characters with their own story has been a great way to nurture and grow them into more life. I have one of my own in mind, one whom I initially planned as the killer but the, as I wrote her more, I grew fond of her and she became a minor rather than a major part of the whole. Good luck with your current projects.

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  2. What a great way to keep that fictional world alive. What you learn about the minor characters when writing those short stories will always help when they appear in the novels. And if one of those characters becomes a star, you can always start another series. Thanks for joining us on the blog Louisa.

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  3. Nice to “meet” you, Louisa, and learn about your novels/short stories/novellas! I like the idea of short stories as a way to develop your minor characters. I love lots a characters with personalities and back stories of their own. Looking forward to reading your work. Continued success.

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  4. Thanks for joining us today, Louisa. I think this is such a clever way to keep a series going, keep interest in the series between novels, and a fun way to learn about minor characters. And it enriches the novels then when they come out. I’m eager to see how you handled Dandy the dog in a short story!!
    I’m currently reading Lethal Remedies, the most recent in the series. I love how you research the era, and the positions and problems that women had in having a career and/or a job.
    I’m going to pick up those short stories and see how they color the book I’m reading. Great Stuff!

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  5. Very interesting post, Louisa. As the author of a historical fiction series myself, I’ve grown quite attached to many of my characters, as have my readers. Spinning them off into their own books or stories makes eminent sense. We’ve worked so hard to create them, why not let them ‘live’? Also, your advice regarding marketing is spot on. Thanks for joining us today.

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  6. Welcome Louisa. What a great point: our supporting characters often have great stories to tell, so giving them their own stand-alone spotlights is a clever idea. Well done! I already have a host of ideas whizzing around my cluttered brain! Thanks for stopping by.

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  7. Hi, Louisa, and welcome! I enjoyed hearing about your characters. And I was especially excited to hear about Dandy the dog since not only do I love dogs, but I also grew up with a Boston Terrier. Thanks for sharing!

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  8. I want to thank everyone for their kind comments. I do hope that many of you will find this a useful creative and marketing strategy for your series. An additional way I have used these stories for marketing is to offer them for free for people who sign up to my newsletter. I also put the first 4 stories together as a collection, for $2.99 which readers see as a discount because cheaper than getting all 4 at 99 cents–but the 2.99 price point also gets me full royalties. A win-win!) This collection has also let me put out a slender print edition for those readers who don’t read ebooks. And the audiobook editions of the single short stories seem to be particularly attractive to libraries (I distribute through Findaway), so I would hope this is also leading some library patrons to try the longer books.

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  9. I wish my history teachers had been as talented and interesting as you! I am just now realizing how boring history was when I attended school from 1938 to 1950! Keep writing and inspiring all who are lucky enough to be your readers.

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  10. Louisa, thanks for sharing your writing, marketing ideas, and irresistible deals. I find much here to emulate. And since I actually have published a short story with one of my minor characters, I have no reason not to continue the practice. Best wishes to you.

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