I have had some small success with short stories already - and I learned a great deal from this book. Della Galton doesn't just tell, she shows. So she tells you to research the market - and then shows you several ways to do so. She covers lots of topics such as writing with humour, finding a good title, and stories of different types (crime, ghost, twist etc). With each topic, she takes pains to explain how you can tackle it and improve your writing. Her years of experience as a teacher of creative writing, and as a prolific and excellent short story writer, shine through in this book.
Yet Ms Galton is not at all arrogant. She uses her own mistakes for illustration, pokes fun at herself, and uses excerpts of others' stories, and tips and ideas from other short story writers, as well as her own. All this makes her book a delightful as well as an instructive read. I'd recommend this book to anyone who wants to write and sell short stories. Unless you're a very experienced short story writer yourself, I'm sure you will find some useful pointers and ideas here. And even if you are a very experienced short story writer, you might well find it useful for revision. Highly recommended.