Short, Sweet, and Snappy started just under a year ago as a way of offering something few others did: short story reviews. When I began my writing career a little over two years ago, I did so with a short story called Consequences, published by Pocket Novel Publishing. Given what I knew about publishing at the time, I set about getting some reviews. Except that I ran into a problem: everyone wanted novels.
Full length stories, 50,000 words or more. But Consequences was only 5,000 words, a fraction of the word count most people set as their minimum. Hard as I tried, one thing I couldn’t find was anyone who wanted to review or was even willing to review short stories. Blog after blog stated in their review terms that they did not review short stories.
Why? I thought. They’re quick and easy to read, don’t need a huge amount by way of reviews, and if you find yourself without much time for reading one month, then they are a great way of keeping the blog going without having to put as much time in as reading novels.
Of course, things didn’t start straight away, and for a long time I wondered whether I would even have the time to run a review blog. However, I set a date, got it set up, and started the blog on August 1st 2012.
It began as purely a review blog. The occasional guest post from authors, and more reviews than you can shake your ereader at. I downloaded dozens of free short stories from the internet to start my reviews going, and then waited patiently for requests to come in. They did, and still are doing, and day by day, the blog is growing.
Short, Sweet, and Snappy changed again in recent months when I incorporated my personal writing blog with the review blog. This change happened because of two things: the first being that in the months running up to my novel releases, I am swamped. The second being that the blog that came with my website is a bit naff.
So to combat both of these problems—a lack of time and the need for a better, brighter writing blog—I merged the two, so now this blog is a combination of both reviews and writing. It is working well so far, and I hope to keep it going for years to come.
As for moving forward, I am hoping to have a few more giveaways, lots more reviews, and a few more bits and pieces regarding guest posts and my own writing. I have been toying with the idea of a book of the month feature and maybe a flash fiction section, but those are off in the future and yet to be determined.
But for now, I am plodding along quite happily, posting away, and having fun. After all, that’s what this whole thing is about, right? Fun!