Writing fiction is the hot new thing for professional writers, for one reason: money.
Here’s a snippet from a recent news release.
In 2013, self-publishing authors hit major bestseller lists in a big way. According to a recent article in The New Yorker magazine about the decline of romance publisher Harlequin, there were 99 self-published ebook bestsellers in 2013.
The same article maintained that while major publishers like Harlequin previously nurtured new authors, in 2014 new authors preferred to self-publish.
There’s a good reason for authors to self-publish. In a word money. The money traditional publishers offer to authors can’t compare with the money authors can make when they self-publish.
In February, bestselling self-publishing author H.M. Ward reported on an authors’ forum: “Over the past year I’ve been offered over 1.5 million bucks in advances offered by huge publishing houses.”
She refused all offers. They made no sense financially. Bestselling self-published authors like Ms Ward can make $100,000 in seven days on Amazon.
When I created the Fab Freelance Writing Blog in 2006, I sniffed, loudly, at fiction. In those days professional writers classified fiction on a par with writing poetry. Laudable, but not commercial.
That changed in 2007, with Amazon’s release of the Kindle. It took just a couple of years for authors to see Kindle’s potential for self-publishing. E.L. James and her Fifty Shades of Grey trilogy gave self-publishing a huge boost. In 2014, self-publishing has arrived.
This week’s articles on writing fiction
If you’re an energetic writer, and publish regularly, you’re building your catalog on Amazon, so that each book helps you to sell the others. Regular publishing means that you hit Amazon’s Recently Published lists. That’s all many writers do as promotion. They focus solely on writing short ebooks, publish them on a regular schedule, and let Amazon do the rest.
Writing short stories? I’ve had several questions from Kindle Romance students about writing and selling short stories as ebooks. In some genres, notably erotica, ebooks consisting of a short story can be VERY short: fewer than 5,000 words. These super-shorts are meant to be read in a gulp.
Many writers are trying their hands at writing genre fiction, particularly short stories. If you’re new to fiction, it’s much easier to start with a short story or two than it is to start writing a novel, and then get bogged down. And since you can publish each story as an ebook, and then later, when you have a series, publish your collection as a bundle, why not write short stories?
I’ve been asked about fiction writing tools, so I’ll make this quick, and tell you what I use. Keep in mind that I’m a full time writer, and have been for years. I need tools which help me to get organized, and stay organized. If you’re a brand new writer, start off with Scrivener. You can do almost everything in Scrivener; you can get other tools as you need them.
You’re writing a book. You’ve completed a draft, and emailed it to your editor. It comes back, with lots of suggestions and corrections.
What do you do? A student asked this question because she was very upset.
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