Want to freelance your short stories and novels?
Until last year, the idea that you could not only make an income writing fiction, but could potentially make a blockbuster income, was mad.
Traditional publishing has been in a slump for years. Over the past 20 years, major publishers stopped reading their slush piles, mid-list authors were dropped after one book, authors were encouraged to spend their entire advance on marketing… It’s been a slow-motion train wreck, and it continues to be.
The Kindle and other ebook readers changed all that.
There’s new hope dawning for publishing. Not so much for publishers, but certainly for authors.
No one’s got a crystal ball, but with any luck the ebook readers will change the landscape for authors who are willing to take their careers into their own hands.
Yes, you can get writing jobs writing fiction
While it’s still a challenge get fiction writing jobs, it’s more than possible. While browsing the outsourcing sites recently, I spotted several gigs for novelists. One was for a paranormal novel; this buyer was inspired by Amanda Hocking’s success, no doubt. 🙂
The better option: self-publish
However, the best option if you want to sell your short stories and novels is to write them, and self-publish them. Remember that these ebooks will sell forever, and keep bringing you an income forever, so it’s time well spent.
I know that many writers throw up their hands in horror at the idea of suffering the angst of doing it themselves. They’re horrified at the thought of formatting for ebook readers, hiring someone to create a cover, and then getting their projects online and selling. This is needless anxiety. If you don’t want to do a particular grunt job, hire someone to do it. You’ll save yourself a few grey hairs.
Therefore, since ebook self-publishing is taking off, I’ve created a new “Fiction” category on the blog.
I’ll be sharing my thoughts, insights and processes with you, as I start writing fiction again, and of course, self-publish it.
You can contribute to this category too, if you wish. If you’re writing a novel, and are self-publishing it, I’d like to hear from you.
What are your thoughts on the new horizons opening for novelists and short story writers? Are you excited? Share your thoughts in the comments, I’d love to hear from you.
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