Playing the Short Game

How to Market & Sell Short Fiction

Playing the Short Game

Playing the Short Game

How to Market & Sell Short Fiction

Non Fiction by Douglas Smith

$9.99 available in bundle


We short story writers have needed a book like this for decades. ... It’s spectacular.

Reviewed by, Kristine Kathryn Rusch, Award-winning Author & Editor


From now on this is my go-to book for all things related to starting and maintaining my fiction writing career.

Reviewed by, Filip Wiltgren, writer and game designer


Take your first step to becoming a professional short fiction writer. In an engaging and conversational style, award-winning author Douglas Smith teaches you how to market and sell short stories—and much, much more.

Even experienced writers will find value here as Smith takes you from your first sale to using your stories to build a writing career.


The Fundamentals: The different types of writers. The benefits of short fiction. Rights and licensing.

Selling Your Stories: Knowing when it’s ready. Choosing markets. Submitting stories. Avoiding mistakes. How editors select stories. Dealing with rejections. When to give up on a story.

After a Sale: Contracts. Working with editors. What your first sale means. Dealing with reviews.

A Writer’s Magic Bakery: Selling reprints. Foreign markets. Audio markets. Selling a collection. The indie option.

Becoming Established: Leveraging your stories. Discoverability and promotion. Career progression in short fiction.

With an introduction by multi-award winning writer and editor, Kristine Kathryn Rusch.

“Douglas Smith is, quite simply, the finest short-story writer Canada has ever produced in the science fiction and fantasy genres.” —Robert J. Sawyer, Award-winning author


Douglas Smith is a multiple award-winning Canadian author described by Library Journal as “one of Canada’s most original writers of speculative fiction.” His work has appeared in twenty-five languages and over thirty countries. His fiction includes the urban fantasy novel, THE WOLF AT THE END OF THE WORLD, and the collections CHIMERASCOPE, IMPOSSIBILIA, and LA DANSE DES ESPRITS. His non-fiction guide for writers, PLAYING THE SHORT GAME: HOW TO MARKET & SELL SHORT FICTION, is a must read for any short story writer.

Doug is a three-time winner of Canada’s Aurora Award, and has been a finalist for the John W. Campbell Award, CBC’s Bookies Award, Canada’s juried Sunburst Award, and France’s juried Prix Masterton and Prix Bob Morane. A short film based on Doug’s story “By Her Hand, She Draws You Down” won several awards at film festivals around the world.

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