If you want to increase your writing income, consider writing short material.
My constant refrain to all my writing students is: “avoid trading hours for dollars as soon as you can.” Writing short material helps you to do that.
Let’s look at some reasons you should write short material.
1. Short material sells
You can make more money writing short material than you can writing longer material.
Let’s say you decide to write one short story a week. If you were to write 20 stories, one a week over the next five months, you’d have 20 short stories selling for $2.99 on Amazon’s Kindle bookstore.
Why $2.99? Many reasons. The primary one is that you make 70% of the sales price for an ebook priced at $2.99; this means you receive slightly over $2 per copy.
See Fiction Fiesta, for more on writing short stories and selling them.
Your income from your short stories would increase story by story, and month by month.
2. You can increase your income while working for clients, or while working on major projects
How much would your income increase, if you write one short report a week, or one short story?
You can write short material while you’re working on longer projects. Writing a page or two takes 20 minutes or less. It’s easy to snatch 20 minutes out of your day. If you’re working a day job, there’s your lunch hour. If you’re a full-time writer, spend the first 20 minutes of your writing day on your short project.
3. You can make recurring income
When you write for others, your buyer owns the rights soon as he’s paid you in full. You’ve completed the project, it’s done, and whatever you’re paid will be all the money you make for that project – ever.
When you write short projects, on the other hand, you own and retain the rights. This means that you can sell as many copies as you like. If you write one short story a week, within a few months you’ll have many short stories for sale on Amazon, and at $2.99 per sale, it wouldn’t take you long before you had a nice recurring income.
4. You can try out new ideas to see whether they have potential
These days, with so much competition for attention online, you can waste a lot of time working on a project for which there’s no real demand.
It’s much better to spend a week creating a short report or writing a short story to test the value of your idea, rather than spending a month or two or even longer. If there’s a demand, you can create the longer project.
5. You can make a greater return on your time
If you’ve never considered writing short material, consider it now. Do a little brainstorming. What would you like to write? What expertise do you have that others would pay for? You may be surprised that a little bit of brainstorming, and 20 minutes a day, will increase your income substantially this year.
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