2017 is done and dusted. Before we focus on this bright new year, I thought it would be fun to see which posts were most popular last year. No surprise, all three of the top posts were on self-publishing in general, and writing short stories in particular.
Self-publishing is hot: even new authors are making it big
Self-publishing is hot, for newbie authors as well as experienced writers… as it was last year, and the year before that.
Newbie authors are making it big. An author on one of the self-publishing groups of which I’m a member made six figures on Amazon from April to December last year, from just two books.
Was she lucky? Of course. However, she is also hard-headed, hard-working, and knows that self-publishing is a business. She’s planning to make 2018 the year she breaks out.
Let’s look at readers’ favorite three posts on the blog, but first, a tip about making money writing short stories.
An important tip about making money from short fiction
Short stories are fun to write. I use them to promote my novels under all my pen names. Here’s why. Advertising not only costs money, it takes time, and it’s boring, even for a veteran copywriter.
I’m written elsewhere about AMS ads (Amazon Marketing Services) ads, and Facebook ads. I’d rather spend a couple of hours writing a short story, than researching keywords and writing dinky ads. Your mileage may vary, but to repeat — when you’re writing short stories, keep in mind that you’re primarily writing for promotion, unless you’re writing serials.
1. Writing Kindle Fiction: Make Money With Short Stories
I wrote Writing Kindle Fiction: Make Money With Short Stories way back in 2013, so its longevity has much to do with its popularity. I’ve updated the post to suit the 2018 self-publishing environment.
2. Kindle Short Stories: Profitable, And Fast To Write
Another older post on writing short stories, Kindle Short Stories: Profitable, And Fast To Write, comes from 2015.
To reiterate…. If you’re a newbie author, please be aware that it’s unlikely that you’ll make money by writing short fiction alone. Write novels too, then use your short stories to promote your novels.
Here’s some good advice from the post:
To repeat: you need practice. As I’ve said many times; no word you write is EVER wasted. That’s hard to believe, and you’ll believe it only in retrospect. So tap your fingers to the bone. Keep writing, and reading.
3. Write Short Stories Like A Pro: 3 Plotting Tips
I wrote Write Short Stories Like A Pro: 3 Plotting Tips in 2016, so again, the post is popular because it’s been around for a long time.
Here’s an exercise from the post that I’ve found valuable, as have my students:
For the next five days, come up with three situations each day. Keep them in a notebook. You’ve now got 15 ideas for stories.
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