Writing Journal 14: Short Stories Sell

Writing Journal 14: Short Stories Sell

My writing journal for Monday, August 25, 2014. You can find all the writing journal entries here.


Up at 5AM, eager to write. Did more outlining on the current novella, which is #4, and wrote 1,100 words. I could have written more, but spent one timer session to researching so that I can create the meta data for novella #3.

I spent an hour reading #3, in preparation for the edit. I need to get my edit finished, so that I can send off it off to the contracted editor. I promised her the material today, thinking that I could get it done over the weekend, but that didn’t happen.

Also wrote 1,000 words of nonfiction on the client’s book. I’m a little ahead of where I should be, so I stole time from this project for the novella.

Breakfast for Honey, and for me, while reading email. We get a lot of email over the weekend, because students complete their exercises, and are impatient for feedback. So, email takes a little longer today.

Time for a walk, and then time to sort out the week’s schedule with Julia.

Next, I work on a couple of copywriting projects from last week. I always like to leave a couple of days between writing, and editing, to clear my mind. They’re fine, so Julia can send them to the clients.

Blog posts. One for a client blog, and Short Stories Sell, for the freelance writing blog.

I also wrote a blog post for the Just Write a Book Blog, Write a Novel, or a Short Story?

Lunch, at my computer, reading students’ projects.

Short stories SELL (for the first time in decades)

Readers buy short stories. I know that from my experiences with publishing my own fiction to Amazon, and ghostwriting fiction for clients.

Writers think that there’s a catch… Why do short stories sell on Amazon?

I’m sure that it’s because we’re all pressed for time. I download a short story to read because I have a few minutes to relax, and I’m in the mood for a story of that genre.

In the days when I bought hardcover and paperback books, and visited the library every week, I felt obliged to read everything I hauled home. I went to all that trouble, so I should read the books, right? :-) Today, I’ve got 2,000 ebooks on my Kindle. I may read a chapter or three, or I may read the entire ebook.

Consider too, Kindle Unlimited. Readers can download ten ebooks at a time. Why not download a short story? They can finish a story quickly.

So that’s my theory on why short stories sell now: readers like them because they’re a quick read.

You don’t have to write a novel to justify your price

Writers tend to think that if they write a short story, they have to give it away for free, or sell it for 99 cents. Nonsense. Sell your story for $2.99.

Client deadline

Next, I’m on deadline for a long article I’m ghostwriting for a client. I had a chat with him last week to get material. Now I need to add the additional material, and write another draft.

I can chop the article into separate documents in Scrivener, and then drag the snippets around. Then, if I like the structure of the article in Scrivenings mode, I can redo the transitions, and it’s done. God bless Scrivener. Saves so much time.

That’s it for today. :-)

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Article Marketing: Get More Value from Each Article

Would you like to get more value out of every article you write for article marketing? If you’re just using your articles once, you’re throwing money away. Discover how you can get more out of your articles.

Articles are powerful, and you love what they do for your business, but no matter how successful you are with your articles, they can do much more.

For example, in addition to syndicating your articles when you use them for article marketing, you should also be using your articles on your Web site or blog. Using your articles on your own sites is commonsense. But why not offer them to others in your business network too? Each additional site which publishes your articles gives you several more links, which boost your search engine rankings.

Let’s look at how you can get more value from each article.

1. Articles Are Assets So Start With the End in Mind: Think Multiple-Use for Your Articles

Your articles are business assets. Start thinking about additional ways in which you can use your articles BEFORE you write them (or have them written for you.)

For example, every business needs publicity. Offering a free report in your next press release would get you more publicity, both online and offline. So think about a topic for the report, and write five to ten articles on that topic — bearing the structure of your report in mind.

You’ll be able to use those articles for article marketing just as you usually do. Then you can transform them into a report by writing an executive summary, tweaking the articles, and writing a conclusion.

2. Review Your Article Archive Regularly

Review your article archive: which articles could you use again, in different ways? Could you tweak several dozen articles and turn them into an ebook, or a print book, which you could sell from your site?

Perhaps some of your articles could form the basis of podcasts, or videos.

3. Old Wine in New Bottles: Create a Blog from Your Articles and Sell the Blog

Businesses have discovered the power of blogs, but for many businesses starting a blog from scratch is a little intimidating. Check your article archive for topics you’ve covered. Select ten articles on the same topic, and tweak them slightly.

Next, buy a domain name, get hosting, and install a blog. Upload your tweaked articles. Promote the blog, and once it’s getting traffic, sell it.

4. Perfect Promotions: Use Your Articles for Publicity

Many businesses find that their articles make great publicity material. After all, you can reuse your articles in your business’s newsletter, can print them out as flyers and distribute them, and can add them to publicity kits.

Most business articles are evergreen, so you can continue to use articles for years to come.

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Making article marketing work for your business

I’m a huge fan of article marketing. It’s the only form of advertising which keeps on working for you virtually forever.

With other forms of advertising, when you stop paying the advertising stops. With article marketing, your articles keep sending you search engine traffic. What’s not to like?

Here’s some great advice on article marketing from Chris Knight, the owner of Ezine Articles.

Biana Babinsky Interviews Knight:

“CONSISTENCY: Know article writing & marketing is not a one shot strategy. It’s important to be consistent over time. It’s a lot like advertising where you market your business every single month.

QUALITY: Your articles should be easy to scan, include bullet points, numbered lists and proper spelling, grammar, punctuation and sentence structure. Articles must be original and unique / exclusive to the person who wrote the article, but does not have to be exclusive to EzineArticles.com (means you can also use your articles on your own website).

QUANTITY: After you master writing quality original unique articles, the only way to really succeed with this strategy is to build your article inventory over time. Every article you write is what I call an ‘article agent’ that sells for you. More article agents = more articles out there attracting traffic for you. Build your article inventory into the dozens, then hundreds and eventually thousands of high quality articles.”

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Easy Article Marketing – Earn Trust, Credibility and Cash

Article marketing is the best way to advertise almost anything online – and offline too, because some of your articles will be picked up and used in print magazines.

What astounds me however, is the fact that your articles will work for you forever – I have articles I posted online six and seven years ago which are still being published in ezines, on Web sites, and on blogs, today. That’s completely free advertising for years on end, from an article which took me half an hour or so to write.

The Big Benefits of Article Marketing – Trust and Credibility

Without a doubt, the biggest benefits of article marketing are the trust and credibility your articles give you.

With online scams so common, you need to build trust before people will buy from you, and there’s no better way than with articles. I urge you to write your articles yourself: you know your business best, and your enthusiasm comes through in your words.

When your articles are published online you win credibility. Each article indexed by Google and the other search engines gives you a credibility boost. When your articles are returned in search query results, Google is running a free ad for you – and your ad will keep running for years.

Cash from Article Marketing

Every article you write is a small Internet sales person working for you, tirelessly every day of the year. You know that people need to hear your name, or the name of your product many times before they buy, and your articles build that familiarity.

Easy Article Marketing Tips

I’ve been using article marketing with great results for years. Here are my best tips:

* Integrate your article marketing with your other marketing efforts. Use your articles in your own ezine, and post them on your site;

* The more articles you have working for you, the better – but ensure that their quality is high;

* If your business is in the doldrums, article marketing is not an instant fix. Your articles work for you over time, as they’re indexed by the search engines, and as they’re discovered by your customers;

* Share your best ideas and insights in your articles – as article marketing becomes more competitive, the better your articles, the better your results.

Start today, and make article marketing work for you.

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