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
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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.