The literary world has been infused with fresh blood since the ability to self-publish was introduced to the public. So, many new to the self-publishing business find themselves lost when they are up against seasoned authors and the savvy, established indie writers. So, what can a new writer do? Easy… Publish a short story!
The newest trend among published authors and indie writers alike is releasing shorter works. This serves several purposes. The first is to introduce yourself to an audience that may not know you exist. Your work can’t reach its readers if no one knows who you are! If you find yourself struggling to develop a fan base, writing a short story can introduce you to your audience without the time devoted to a longer work such as a full-length novel which can take up to a year to write. The best price to entice someone into reading your work is FREE. In this economy, people are looking for the cheapest price possible so keeping your short stories free and charging only for full-length novels is they way to go.
Nothing is a better introduction to the sale of a novel than a few short stories under your belt. A reader would be more willing to buy one of your novels if they have already sampled some of your other works, and therefore, become a fan. A short story can be any length and convey to the audience the type of writer you are. They allow you to develop an identity, and once that is established, a fan base can be formed.
Another reason for this trend is to show range in your literary works. A shorter work can allow the author to show their type of genre with variety. Since there is less time invested, more works can be created. A writer can show that their characters and storylines are indeed diverse. So, don’t write the same type of story. Mix up scenarios, point of views, and archetypical characters.
There are many new outlets to publish shorts than the traditional online bookstores. Barnes&Noble and Amazon require a minimum sale price of $0.99. If you wish to publish your story without charging your audience, there are ways around this. One option is Smashwords. Smashwords.com is a website that caters to the self-published author. They accept works of any length and you set your own price. Once a probationary period has past, your works will be distributed to major online bookstores such as Barnes&Noble and Amazon, honoring the Smashwords price that you set. So, if it is free, that it will be free when posted on Barnes&Noble and Amazon.
Another way is to post it to other secondary sites. With the rebirth of the short story, websites have been established to bring short story readers to you. Websites such as StoryFans.com and WattPad.com are free sites that your works can be posted in at no cost to the reader. Everyone wins! You get your work to the readers and your readers read your work for free. Everyone is happy!
So, keep writing. Keep reading and never give up on your dream. If you are struggling to reach readers, publish a short story and put your work in the hands of potential fans. Be creative; think outside of the box, and the right readers will find you.Powered by Sidelines