Easy Fiction Writing: 4 Profitable Ways To Use Short Stories
“I receive lots of questions about writing short stories. Writers often find that writing a short story convinces them that they can write salable fiction.
For me, the biggest benefit of short stories is that you can grow them into novels without much difficulty.
You can expand short stories into novels
My favorite way to get more mileage from a short story is to develop it further, into a novel. I’m so fond of this strategy that I need to rein myself in. A ghostwriting client is far from pleased when I tell him that — oops, sorry, your short story grew on me. It’s on the way to becoming a novel. Please bear with me while I write something else for you… 🙂
As I suggested in From Writing Short Stories to Writing Novels: 3 Simple Tips, the primary difference between a short story and a novel is that a novel has more characters than a short story, and more depth to the characters.
Let’s look at other profitable ways to use short stories.
1. Short stories are the perfect introduction to your other fiction
On several of the online groups of which I’m a member, authors are complaining about their sales. Nothing new in that. It can be discomfiting when your Page Reads in KDP Select go down, or when your books stop selling, no matter how much advertising you do.
Here’s my suggestion if you find that your self-publishing income is dropping: write short stories.
Short stories make wonderful content for promotion, and you can write a short story in an afternoon.
From A Writing Income From Short Stories: 3 Vital Questions Answered:
Before you publish a short story, offer it free to your blog’s readers for a limited time. If you offer a “free short story a month” or whatever schedule you choose, it gives you a boost in readers — and increases sales of your other fiction. Important: REMOVE your short stories from your blog before you offer them in Select as an Amazon exclusive, otherwise you’ll annoy Amazon.