Want to increase your fiction writing income? Here’s how — write short stories. You can write a short story in a couple of hours. Write, and then publish, and publish again. One writer I know is making five figures every month, selling short fiction. Yes, he’s in a specific genre, and no, I can’t tell you what the genre is — I promised I wouldn’t. 🙂 But you can check for yourself — look at Amazon and see what’s selling.
Short stories sell, so write them
Why write short stories? Two main reasons:
* Short stories are short. You can write a story in an hour or two;
* Short fiction sells. It helps you to build your readership. If you focus on readers, you’ll sell more with each title you release.
Before the launch of Amazon’s Kindle and the ebook revolution, you couldn’t give short stories away. The heyday of the short story was the 1930s to the 1960s. Once television became entrenched as a source of entertainment, magazines no longer published as many short stories, nor did they pay as much for them.
From 1975 onward, short stories appeared in literary magazines, and the authors certainly weren’t paid.
Things change… 🙂
Nowadays, you can sell your short stories on the Kindle — they sell VERY well. I know of one writer who sells collections of short pieces of erotica. She tells me she makes $15,000 a month, and expects to make more, as she releases more collections.
Here’s an interesting take on selling short stories as Kindle ebooks from Anne R. Allen:
I visited a critique group not long ago where one writer complimented another with the misguided advice that he shouldn’t “waste” his crisp little story—he should turn it into a novel.
In other words, she was telling the writer that instead of sending a 10,000 word short story to Amazon to sell for 99 cents, he should spend two years turning it into a 100,000 word novel, which he could sell on Amazon for… um, 99 cents.
So, can you write short fiction?
A “short story” can be any length you choose, from a thousand words to 10,000 words and more. Once you go over 10,000 words however, you’re inching into “novella” territory.
Length doesn’t matter however. Just tell a story — they’re popular.
Here’a a post from my Just Write a Book Blog: New York Times Reports that Short Stories Are Selling
(Excellent advice on writing short stories to sell: find a common theme.)
Of course, once you’ve written a short story, and are selling it, you may want to turn it into a novel. That’s easy enough — just add more characters.
Here’s a post that will help you to write your first novel, if you want to do that.
I taught myself how to write fiction, and I’d written many (totally hopeless) novels and parts of novels before I became determined to SELL.
The above article reveals the nine secrets I wish I’d known when I started out writing fiction.
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Post updated on September 16, 2016
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