While some people love to save money, I’m not one of them. It’s just not worth the effort. As a writer, I believe in the art of the short story. I believe in creating stories that are as good as they can possibly be. However, I also believe that if a short story is ever published, it is the right story. If the story is good enough to be printed, it will be published. The same goes for fiction.
Well, I’m not saying it isn’t worth it. I’m just saying, if you’re going to spend your hard-earned money on fiction, it is only fair that it should be worth it.
If you’re reading this, you probably don’t even know if you can sell a short story, because that’s not important. You can read a story, but you can’t sell a short story. That’s why you can’t just write a whole collection of short stories. Once again, I’m not saying you can’t write a great short story. I’m saying that you can’t sell a short story.
That’s true. As time goes on, a short story gets shorter and shorter, until it’s just a few pages long. Some writers do have a knack for writing shorter pieces. But if you’re going to write a short, you need to know a little something about the way the market works. You don’t want to get sued for a short story that says you were the first to break the story.
As you can imagine, short stories are not exactly easy to write. Not for those of us who have been working in the publishing industry for a long time, or who have the benefit of a career as a book designer. So when the internet first came out with its endless series of free sample stories from authors like Stephen King, or horror authors like James Herbert, the idea of selling a short story was almost laughable.
I know it sounds strange, but the internet and free samples are one of those two-fer things that are great for writers. But even if you don’t produce original content, the internet has changed the way people get published, and it’s changed the way people read.
One of the reasons that writers are so much in demand is that the internet has made it easy for them to get their work into the hands of readers who might actually want to read it. And because the internet is always changing, that means that writers can’t just sit back and wait for the old ways to die out. What’s more, the market doesn’t just offer a free sample; it also offers an abundance of free samples.
This makes it possible for writers to get their work into the hands of writers who might actually want to read it, and it makes it possible for them to get their pieces into the hands of people who might actually like to read them.
It probably wouldn’t hurt to check out what the online market is offering. For one thing, a sample from one of my pieces might work best as a free trial because I’m not willing to pay a cent for it.