What was popular with this blog’s readers in 2017? Well — short stories, among other things.
Let’s have some fun and do an occasional round up “best of” post, before we gear up for 2018. Not merely for nostalgia… These posts may give you an idea of where you’d like to place your energies next year.
Did you write short stories this year?
Judging by the blog’s stats, many writers did.
To date, the most popular post on the blog this year is: Writing Kindle Fiction: Make Money With Short Stories:
You can make money writing Kindle fiction. You can even make money writing short stories — your fiction can be as long, or as short, as you choose.
Other popular posts on writing short fiction
- Kindle Short Stories: Profitable, And Fast To Write — that’s the big draw of short fiction of course. You can write an ebook in an afternoon.
- Writing Short Stories Fast: The Scene Secret, which suggests you write in scenes.
- Writing Short Stories: An Easy Strategy — a very simple, but effective strategy. Create a character with something to lose, then threaten to take it away.
What’s ahead for short fiction in 2018?
No one really knows, of course. However, judging by the popularity of Amazon’s Short Reads, and everyone’s shorter attention spans thanks to social media, you’ll be safe publishing short fiction next year. 🙂
Ideas for using short stories profitably
The most popular tactic among self-publishing authors is publishing short material in between publishing novels. I use short fiction to kickstart my efforts in new-to-me genres.
One author I know uses hers for blogging, as blog and Facebook posts — she takes down the stories once she has five which hew to a vague theme, then publishes them as a collection. She tells me that she gets a wonderful KENPC (Kindle Edition Normalized Page Count).
Of course, you can just publish your short stories and toss them onto Amazon. Enroll them in KDP Select, and forget about them.
A gentle reminder: if you’re enrolling stories in Select, you’re giving Amazon an exclusive. Early this morning, while half asleep, I almost forgot — I was halfway through publishing a story on Draft2Digital which I’d enrolled in Select. Luckily I slurped some coffee and woke up before hitting the Publish button… 🙂
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