So long story short I am involved in a group that is based around niche publishing and one of the things that they are looking at for their business model is producing a relatively large number of stories of minimal length, 5k-8k words and selling them relatively cheaply through Amazon. It's pulpy, it's low brow, but it sells, and they are getting published.
I was curious to know how well that might port over into the fantasy and sci-fi genre, serial fantasy. Not epic, not blockbuster, but pulp. Swords and sorcery at it's most basic level.
It's no more work than I am putting into the Citadel now, and attainable by most of our members. The things that I have noticed is that there is a common masthead, the collective of writers critique and edit each other's work, and they use the same 'publishing name' to create a commonality among them for readers and buyers.
The thing here is that this other group, they know their market. They know who they are writing for, who they are writing to.
Do we want to know?
They have a certain rubric, you write to one of 12 salient themes and topics within the genre because that's what sells. You can step outside of that, but probably not to make any sort of money. There is interest for pulp, but not everyone is a Martin, Jordan or Tolkien.
I'm rambling, I'm tired, I'm drinking.
I want to get published, I want to see this thing I love make me some money. I also know that this can be a group effort, and everyone will benefit from it.
I lost my train of thought.