Love writing short fiction? You can spend a few hours writing, then publish something readers love… And turn those readers into fans.
This was brought home to me recently. I asked my fiction writing students: had writing short stories made a difference to their self-publishing business?
Short fiction: how one author turned her self-publishing career around
One author said she credited a big uptick in her Kindle Direct Publishing (KDP) sales to a single short story. Sales went from under $100 a month to upwards of $50 a day.
“Last year I got an idea for a story and published it,” she said. “The story took me about four hours. I started it in the evening after the kids went to bed. I finished it early next morning. Readers bought the story and wanted more. That story encourage me to create my mailing list. Then I wrote a novel about the main character and put it up for pre-order.”
Not only did that novel sell, she’s turned it into a series. She’s published another novel and is working on a third.
Writing short fiction is fun and it can be profitable too.
If you’ve been meaning to try a short story or two, join us for the Short Fiction Challenge.
The Short Fiction Challenge: join us in July
If you’ve purchased Your Short Fiction Formula: The Easiest-Ever Writing Process and want a challenge, join us.
The challenge: write four short stories; one each week of July. Then publish and market your stories.
Your stories can be as short as you please and in any genre which appeals to you.
Each week, you’ll receive exclusive secrets and strategies to make the process enjoyable as well as profitable. Not only will you receive writing secrets, you’ll also receive tips on on marketing and sales.
Make July the month you boost your self-publishing efforts
How much time should you budget for the Challenge? An hour a day is fine. Got less time? Use the time you have.
If you’re a self-publishing author, publishing four stories will give your sales a boost. On the other hand, if you’re a complete self-publishing beginner, the stories will kickstart your publishing catalogue and sales. (Be sure to create a mailing list for readers.)
We’ll look at some fun and exciting strategies in the Short Fiction Challenge. July is a cold and blustery month in most of Australia, so I’m looking forward to writing in front of the fire.
In the northern hemisphere? I imagine you lazy and relaxed. You’re swinging in a hammock, dappled by shadows from a large tree. You have a tall, ice-filled drink in one hand. In the other hand, you have a pencil; you’re creating a mind map to develop a short story… 🙂
A short story of 5,000 words can make more money than a 60,000 word novel
Check out Your Short Fiction Formula: The Easiest-Ever Writing Process (Workshop) to discover a process which makes writing short stories easy and FUN.
If you’re self-publishing, you may be aware that savvy authors use short fiction (short stories and novellas) to generate sales and income quickly.
Explore Your Short Fiction Formula: The Easiest-Ever Writing Process (Workshop) now. You’ll be glad you did.
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Copywriter and marketing pro Angela Booth maintains a busy copywriting and ghostwriting practice. Fascinated by online marketing, she wrote one of the first business books for internet marketing, published by Allen & Unwin. She’s been an enthusiastic blogger since the late 1990s.