What is short fiction good for?

Back in 2012 I wrote a lot of short stories and published them inside anthologies. It seemed a reasonable thing to do. I had the stories. I just learned about self publishing. May as well, right?

Lately I’ve been working on novels. I want longer works available on amazon, and really I’d like a full length book sitting on my shelf with my name on it. Plus they atract more readers then shorts do.

But I’ve looked at those short stories from time to time thinking “there must be something I can do with them.”

The prevailing thought seems to be “give them away,” and I’ve done some of that. I have several available on my wattpad, and my website. I don’t mind giving away my work, but I’d rather do so with the intention of sending readers to something larger.

Which is the second thing you can do. Many authors give away smaller stories (shorts or novellas) that take place in the world of their novels. This gets people interested in their world, and might get them sales. An agreeable method. However, most of my short stories are stand alone thus not fit for that.

Magazines are another possiblity. Some of them pay well, and there are several search engines to help you find the best magazines for your story. The down side is that many of them want first publication rights, and very few of them will pay to publish a work that is less than 2000 words.

Anthologies are a useful alternative. I’ve gotten several new readers through my short story collection. You can pay a group of short or flash fiction on amazon, and the other retailers for $2.99, but they don’t sell as well as books. I have found that making them perma free to get eyes on your work is the best use of some of them, but perhaps not all of them.

Then today I heard of a few new websites… Websites that pay for content, for short stories, and are even specifically looking for flash fiction.

http://dailysciencefiction.com pays 8 cents a word for stories under 1500 words. It has to be science fiction, and flash fiction.

https://quarterreads.com allows authors to upload stories and essays that are under 2000 words and once approved they pay you 22 cents per read. It costs the reader a quarter. That’s 88% royalties.

A few years back I was part of an online community called Red Paper that was the first to do these sort of micro transactions. You paid in at least $5 to get an account with some credits, and used those credits at your discretion. It was a wonderful community and I made a little money from it, but it was limited, and before it’s time. Now micro transactions are an every day thing. I mean look at Candy Crush!

I would love to see more websites and/or apps for this. There are still people who enjoy short fiction. I’d love to see more things that cater to the short fiction reader.

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One, Two, THREE!

Just to let everyone know, Amazon has finally helped by making three of my books perma-free.

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Small Bites contains three flash fiction about some interesting fantasy creatures.

The Ring is a short story that begins a series. It is reminiscent of “Twilight Zone” or “Friday the 13th: the Series”.

Prophecy by Barlight is a comedic short story about a barkeep that goes a little over the top to rid himself of a prophecy.

Pick one, or all of them up. Enjoy them. If you’re really lovely leave a review for me. That would be amazing.

Thank you!

A New Book, and the Next Book

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“Small Bites 3” is now out.

The third installment of the Small Bites dark, flash fiction stories.

And it already has one 5 star review! Awesome.

BUT! Because of this book, and how publication is gong lately, I think I am going to have to take a one week break from publishing.

The goal was to publish one book a week until I had a nice selection of books available on Amazon. I wanted each publication to be on Friday night for the weekend. Ideal would have been Thursday, so that it would be available on Friday morning.

But with everything going on, my new podcast, D&D once a week, and general family time… I need to get ahead a week in order to have the Thursday night release.

With my schedule I generally end up finishing the stories sometime around Friday night, Saturday afternoon. Then I scramble to get the formatting and everything finished, along with a few last minute edits. That means I don’t actually get to hit “PUBLISH” until about 2 am.

Because I want it out for the weekend, not just part of the weekend, I think I need to finish it that weekend, and release it the next Thursday night. That will give me time to catch up on a few things.

camera2The next one scheduled is The Camera, the second book in the Illicit Gains series.

Expect it on July 6th.

And to get any of my books, including a paper back version of “Osiren’s Tears”, check out my Amazon Page.

Some Authorly Love

Got some really great reviews from the guys over at The Story Telling Podcast.

“She’s great at flash fiction” V.C. Coll (author of The Miscellaneous Adventures of Princess Leona)

Prophecy by Barlight is “Cute and humorous.” Garrett Robinson (author Hit Girls, Non-zombie, etc)

And Z.C. Bolger (author of Danny Calloway and the Puzzle House) just got inspired to write something when he read “Necropolis“, but he’s waiting until I finish “Forgotten Ones”.

*Happy dance!*