Love writing short stories? I do too, mainly because they’re short. I can get an idea, start writing, and can complete the story in just a few hours. However, as well as being fun and easy to write, short fiction has another benefit.
I’m amazed at how few authors realize this.
Short stories: the untapped marketplace
Over the past couple of months, I’ve been asking authors whether they write and sell short fiction, and what their experience has been.
Some authors seem prejudiced against it.
Comments I’ve heard include: “yes, but you can’t sell short fiction, can you?” and “I don’t want to waste time. I need to complete my novel, and it’s taking much longer than I expected…” etc.
Authors who do write short material however, have a completely different outlook.
An author reported: “I write slowly, so to boost my sales, I write a short story a month. When I have five stories, I compile them into a collection. At the moment, my two collections are outselling my novels.”
I’ve had similar experiences, so if you’re in the “shorts don’t sell” camp, experiment. You may be surprised.
Yes, you CAN sell short stories: readers enjoy them
In the three years since I wrote Writing Kindle Fiction: Make Money With Short Stories, I’m finding that many authors aren’t making the most of their stories.
From the article:
Aim to write a story somewhere between 5,000 and 10,000 words. Tip: enroll your story in KDP Select.
Writing short stories is a lot of fun. They don’t take much time, and they can be very profitable.
Easy short fiction tips you can use to boost your book sales
Let’s look some easy tips.
- Charge for your short material, and avoid low price points. Pricing is up to you, but in most genres, you can charge $2.99 per story;
- If you’ve written a novel, write a few stories set in that world to “market” your novel. This strategy works whether you write standalones, or series;
- Create a collection after you’ve written a few stories.
Lengths: how long should your stories be?
New authors ask this question, but there’s no set length. I like to write over 5,000 words, but it’s up to you. Over 10,000 words, and you’re writing a novella.
Can’t let go of a story? Maybe you’re writing a novel, and didn’t know it. Sometimes a story gets away from you, and that’s fine. Follow your creative instincts.
Most importantly however: enjoy writing short stories. They sell.
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