A REMINDER FROM HISTORY “All writers in this world got their stories rejected at one point or another in their lifetime. Even the authors of today’s classic had had hard times publishing their stories, let alone making money from their craft. ”
IF YOU CAN ’T SELL, YOU ARE NOT A LOUSY WRITER Writers are often at the mercy of their editors. If you write a short story and try to publish it in a literary magazine, you are going to have a tough time selling it. It is simply a complicated business depending on the editor’s taste and the magazine guidelines. Read more about the pitfalls to avoid here
The Hard Option: Try Indie Publishing Some people will tell you to try AMAZON KINDLE PUBLISHING as a way to publish your short stories. This a good option, however you cannot control the sales. In other words, you have to drive people to buy your stuff which can be a little bit daunting if you don’t have a social media presence.
The Easy Option: Publish on Hubpages What is hubpages anyway? Hubpages is a revenue sharing website where you can publish articles, stories, recipes etc. and get paid depending on the number of visitors you get each month. The higher is the number, the better is the pay.
Getting paid for writing short stories is not simply a matter of statistics. The visitors you get will interact with you and leave constructive feedback on your stories’ comment capsule. You can also build a community of followers around you who share the same interests as you do.
In addition, Hubpages offers adsense integration with your pages, so you get paid if your readers click on the ads displayed on your stories. Besides, you can integrate AMAZON and EBAY products within your short stories as an additional affiliate income.
Truth is, by publishing your short stories online you can either try to cope with dozens of rejection slips from different editors and get paid once in a while, or wait for a lucky customer to buy your stories if you go indie publishing with AMAZON and SMASHWORDS, or just do things the smart way by concentrating on driving traffic to your published stories on hubpages which will prove more rewarding in the long run.
An example of short stories published on Hubpages The Cost of Saving Faith ( A Science Fiction Short Story in 6 Parts ) The Dawn of Post Humans ( A Science Fiction Short Story in 3 Parts ) The Gods of Knowledge ( A Fantasy Short Story)