At least once a week a writer asks about writing short stories, and/ or selling them.
Here’s the thing. If you’d like to make money from just one short story, save yourself the trouble. A lottery ticket will give you a better return on your investment of time and energy.
As far as selling your stories: self-publish them. Sadly, the days when magazines paid thousands of dollars for a single short story are long gone.
Writing short stories: can you make money writing short stories?
Yes, if you understand what readers want and the self-publishing environment today.
Food for thought:
- Readers like short fiction. They’re looking for a quick hit of entertainment. If you can write entertaining short stories, you can sell them;
- Be aware of genre. Readers read particular genres because they want a certain kind of entertainment. Give it to them;
- Integrate your short fiction into your publishing program. Use short stories for promotion, as well as selling them;
- Avoid dumping all your stories into KDP Select, and calling it good. Charge for your stories and go wide. That is, sell on all the ebook retailers you can. In the past several months, authors report that they’re selling as many stories (in some cases more) on retailers like Apple than they are on Amazon.
Let’s look at some tips.
1. When you’re writing short stories, set goals
Here’s an article which will help you to set goals.
Before you start writing, ask yourself questions:
- What’s my goal for this story? How will I achieve it? What’s my criteria for achievement — how will I measure success?
- When will I publish the story (your deadline)?
- How will I promote the story?
- What else can I do with this story? (Can you bundle the story with other stories?)
2. Write your stories in series (then you can bundle them)
Write your short stories in series, always.
If you’ll commit to writing in series, you can afford to spend money on advertising. Additionally, you can afford to lose money on a title or two, but nevertheless make a healthy profit on the series.
3. Consider writing serials (chances are that you’ll make more than you will writing a novel)
You may know that I’m a huge fan of serials.
Two of the major benefits of writing serials are that you can publish faster, as well as get readers for your fiction faster than if you solely focus on writing novels.
4. Be daring: write what you’re scared of writing
Write what scares you. Take risks.
Why not? It’s only a story — you can always delete it from your computer. Or if you publish it, and wish you hadn’t, you can unpublish it.
5. Batch-write your short stories (see “set goals”, above)
Writing one short story is like flicking a drop of water onto a campfire. If you write and publish ten short stories, it’s like tossing a bucket of water on the campfire.
You’ll gain visibility, and you’ll make sales.
You can write more and publish more when you use strategies like batching and time blocking.
Yes, you’ll easily double your output. A student who took a year to write a book wrote his second — from idea to publication — in three months. He’s happily working on his third book.
Combine batching and time blocking with journaling, to make them even more powerful.
Let’s say that you’ve set a goal to write three series of short stories before 2020. To achieve this goal, you’ll publish ten short stories every eight weeks.
As soon as you publish the final story in a series, sell the complete series’ bundle. Yes, immediately. (There’s a rationale behind this; we discuss it in Bundling Profits.)
Are you super-busy? Writing short stories keeps you writing
If you’re a writer with a day job and family, it’s hard to find time to write. One of the big benefits of writing short stories is that you can publish quickly, and build your career.
Have fun. 🙂
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