Hi all, a few questions here about a project I'm working on to put out a book of short stories. Still finishing some pieces, then it's on to editing. Each chapter is it's own short. I'm shooting for about 12-13 chapters, the idea being for a simple, fun, quick read. I'd love some input on the following, please: 1. What's the rule of thumb (if any) on an intro paragraph for each story? I've seen some collections do this - where under the title there's a little description or anecdotal info about the chapter itself. Is this a good, bad, or indifferent thing to do? 2. How concerned should I be with the word count? As in, something like 30-40K words would create about a 150-page book, which is in the ballpark I'm looking at. But a writer/editor colleague once said the actual stories are more important than the length - which I agree with - I just wouldn't want to publish something TOO small. What's considered too short of length for a paperback? 3. The project is made up of a collection of random shorts I've written in the past year - some horror, some thriller/mystery, two so personal they may as well be autobiographical, one or two sports-related, etc. It's a wide-range. Should similar stories be grouped together? Or does it not matter how the chapter flow goes? Any and all feedback is appreciated. Thank you!