Matty Dalrymple podcasts, writes, and speaks on the writing craft and the publishing voyage as The Indy Author. She is the host of THE INDY AUTHOR PODCAST and the author of THE INDY AUTHOR'S GUIDE TO PODCASTING FOR AUTHORS. She is also the co-author, along with Mark Leslie Lefebvre, of TAKING THE SHORT TACK: CREATING INCOME AND CONNECTING WITH READERS USING SHORT FICTION. Matty is a member of the Alliance of Independent Authors. You can connect with The Indy Author via Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Matty is also the author of the Lizzy Ballard Thrillers ROCK PAPER SCISSORS, SNAKES AND LADDERS, and THE IRON RING; the Ann Kinnear Suspense Novels THE SENSE OF DEATH, THE SENSE OF RECKONING, THE FALCON AND THE OWL, and ​A FURNACE FOR YOUR FOE; and the Ann Kinnear Suspense Shorts, including CLOSE THESE EYES and WRITE IN WATER. Matty is a member of Sisters in Crime and the Brandywine Valley Writers Group.

​Matty lives with her husband and their dogs in Chester County, Pennsylvania.

Taking the Short Tack by Matty Dalrymple with Mark Leslie Lefebvre

Are you a short fiction writer wondering what opportunities are open to you?

Are you a long-form fiction writer wondering if short fiction is worth the investment of your time?

Short fiction is enjoying a resurgence and provides both independently and traditionally published authors opportunities for creating income and connecting with readers. Matty Dalrymple and Mark Leslie Lefebvre will show you where those opportunities lie and how to take advantage of them.

Traditional Publishing Market
Anthologies & Collections
Mechanics of Indy Anthologies
Standalone e-books
e-book Collections
Foreign Language
Patron Support
Getting Unstuck

Offering Your Story for Free
Reader Funnel
Reader Magnet
Author Readings
Market Research
Flash Fiction and Micro-Fiction
Bonus Material
Custom Story
Location-based Apps
When the Reader Is an Agent

Editing and Proofreading
Cover Design
Links and QR Codes
Being an Active Member of the Community
Create Once, Publish Everywhere


Taking the Short Tack is all about the genre of short fiction. Short fiction is an art unto itself, requiring discipline and brevity. Whether you are a short-form author seeking to expand your horizons or a long-fiction author interested in exploring new opportunities, this is a comprehensive resource for you. I am thrilled to have suspense thriller author Matty Dalrymple and her co-author Mark Leslie Lefebvre joining us in Write for the Win. – Melissa Snark



  • "An incredibly well-organized book with everything you need to know about making the most of short fiction. Recommended!"

    – Joanna Penn, The Creative Penn
  • "A fantastically informative short book for writers of all levels. An absolute must read for any author of short fiction wanting to make the best use of their stories. Whether that's increasing readers, sales or assets. Highly recommended for new authors or seasoned pros alike."

    – Sacha Black, The Rebel Author Podcast
  • "I believe that career authors should be open to all of the opportunities available to them within both independent publishing and traditional publishing. I'm so impressed by Dalrymple and Lefebvre's comprehensive and authoritative list of short fiction options that writers can exploit. If you are serious about upping your short fiction game, then this is the book for you."

    – J. Thorn,



Are you a short fiction writer wondering what opportunities that work opens?

Are you a long-form fiction writer wondering if short fiction is worth the investment of your time?

This book will provide the answers—and the time is right.

Short fiction is enjoying a resurgence. In a 2013 article titled "Good Fit for Today's Screens: Short Stories," The New York Times reported that "the Internet may be disrupting much of the book industry, but for short-story writers it has been a good thing. Story collections, an often underappreciated literary cousin of novels, are experiencing a resurgence, driven by a proliferation of digital options that offer not only new creative opportunities but exposure and revenue as well."

The Guardian reported in 2018 that in the previous year "almost 50% more short story collections were sold than in the previous year. It was the best year for short stories since 2010. Booksellers are reporting a surge in popularity for the form, commentators note publishers are buying more collections and issuing them with greater care and enthusiasm."

Kristine Kathryn Rusch has written that "The one bright spot in traditional publishing, and this bright spot isn't just bright, it's luminescent … is short fiction."

Short fiction is uniquely suited to our increasingly fast-paced lives and decreasingly available free time. Readers are looking for stories they can consume during their train ride to work, while waiting to pick up the kids from soccer practice, over their lunch break—even over their coffee break.

And as Geoff Shaw says in his online course "How to Succeed with Kindle Short Reads," sometimes the reader doesn't want the feast of an entire novel. Sometimes they just want a snack of short fiction. Or perhaps they really do want a feast, but they are more likely to go to your feast—to read your novels—if they have a little amuse-bouche of a piece of your short fiction to whet their appetite.

Or, to apply the nautical metaphor that Matty uses for the writing craft and the publishing voyage, sometimes what you want is a trip on an ocean liner, but sometimes what you want is a jaunt in an elegantly crafted dory.

Despite the technical environment that has provided all the tools readers need to easily consume short fiction, as well as the societal environment that makes it an appealing option, the short fiction market is far less crowded than the novel market, at least in the independent publishing space. The writer who knows what's possible with short fiction can meet an underserved need.

We are enthusiastic about the opportunities short fiction offers the enterprising author for creating income and connecting with readers and offer this book to help you make the most of those opportunities.