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by Emma Straub
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8,000 words strong and encompassing 76 titles, it's the only 2011 book preview you will ever need.
I've noticed an interesting trend recently toward what seems to me to be the deliberate miscategorization of books. Specifically, an insistence on the part of some publishers that practically everything’s a novel. I understand the reasoning behind it—novels, the argument goes, are somewhat easier to sell than either novellas or short story collections, and all’s fair in love, war, and literary fiction sales strategies—but it still seems unfortunate to me.
I have a well-documented weakness for indie publishers, and Fly-Over State was published by one of the indiest entities I’ve ever come across.