Back in the Groove
With FLL done for the year, I’ve been *writing* again, and thinking about the next big project, and how I want to approach it. I did a short story that’s YA-ish, I think; I mean, it’s got a YA protagonist who goes through something nasty and has to figure out how to cope. I’ve pushed the sentence length down and limited the vocabulary (but not too much, the kid’s smart).
What’s interesting to me is that, while YA is HUGE in novels, Duotrope indicates the paying short story market is almost vestigial: Cicada (the older manifestation of Cricket) is the only “classic” periodical. There’s an online market that does one story a month, what looks like an upcoming anthology, annnnnd another one I forget. Four pro/semi-pro markets. Now, it may well be that stuff crosses over in the genre markets, but the possibility that the YA audience doesn’t read shorts is very real as well.
That’s not really why I wrote the story, though. I had two reasons: one, I promised my son I would write *something* he could read; two, I wanted to test a YA iteration of my voice. I’m not sure if it really succeeds on the first count, since the result is really YA and *not* Middle Grade–it’s going to be a year or two before I’m comfortable with Kian reading it, which is probably more my issue than his, but so be it.
As for the second count, we’ll see. I may be able to submit to more generic markets as well, and there are a lot more of those.