Digital publishing is bringing micro-transactions to books. Orbit, the fantasy imprint of Hachette books, has announced a new program to sell short fiction by its authors by the story. Orbit authors will be paid by the story as well, rather than a flat fee. The stories will be distributed through all the major channels.
So look out for short stories by writers such as Joe Abercrombie, Iain M. Banks, Greg Bear, and Gail Carriger, who are all Orbit authors, though the official list of who will be included hasn’t been announced yet. Hachette says the program will launch “later this year.”
The SF/fantasy audience tends to be both ravenous and tech-savvy, so this program has a good shot at success.