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Making Money From Writing, Part 1: Short Story Markets

Making Money From Writing, Part 1: Short Story Markets
People write for all sorts of reasons, but today we are going to talk about how to make money out of your stories. Whether you write short stories or novels, or anything in between, there are a number of different markets out there. If you are aiming to make a living from your stories, or at least supplement your income, you should be aware of all of them. Short Story Magazines You can sell a short story to magazines, both online and offline, and receive a fee in return. Rates go from nothing or a few free copies, right up to pro rates of $0.05 a word or higher. Duotrope is an excellent search engine for short story markets. Ralan is another, more geared towards science-fiction, horror, and fantasy. The Absolute Write forum is an excellent resource for short story writers and you can get the skinny on what editors are looking for, and they way they like submissions to appear. Short Story Reprints On top of that, the editor T.D. Short Story Anthologies This is very, very difficult.

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s Tech Tips And Computer Help » Easily Create An eBook Cover in Photoshop » Print Posted By Ruxandra Micu On March 31, 2014 @ 3:21 PM In Photo Editing | No Comments Do you want to create an eBook? If the answer is yes, then you’re in the right place. Top 5 Online Resources for Short Story Markets It is received wisdom that in order to get a book published you should start by placing short stories in literary magazines. Like most received wisdom, this is hogwash. It is easier to get a book published than it is to get a short story placed in any kind of reputable literary magazine. (That being said, there are literary magazines of ill repute, and your stories may wind up sliding down the slippery slope into a few of them.) Not only is it hard to break into the literary magazine scene, it takes forever. Literary magazines are often staffed by underpaid, overworked grad students, who will take a minimum of three months to respond to your submission – if at all.

Welcome to Alfred Hitchcock's Mystery Magazine! If you missed B. K. Stevens' Macavity- and Agatha-nominated story "Thea's First Husband" in the June 2012 issue, don't miss it here! Self-Publishing Resources In March 2011, I finally decided to self publish (some) of my future novels. Eager and laughably ignorant, I journeyed through the great internet to research and snoop around for information to aid me down this rather daunting road. These are the resources I came up with, my gems. Links with an asterisk (*) are the ones I highly recommend. If there are any broken links, please comment or email me at elisamwriter (at) gmail (dot) com, and I’ll fix or remove them. If you have any suggestions, anyone or anything you feel is a great and valuable resource to add to the lists, comment or email me the link and I’ll consider putting them up.

Welcome to Ellery Queen's Mystery Magazine! Our final issue of 2014 deals with families and relationships, and of course crime, mayhem, and suspense. The tension first peaks in Joyce Carol Oates’s “Equatorial,” about a husband and wife who travel to Ecuador and the Galapagos Islands, the wife feeling more endangered every moment as she pieces together bits of the past and perceives the perils of the rugged terrain. The conflicts of home are brought across international borders in Christine Poulson’s white-knuckle adventure “Roller-Coaster Ride” as well, set in Denmark, where an English mother with two-small kids suspects she’s being followed by her ex-husband. Self-publishing a book: 25 things you need to know Note to readers: I originally published the article back in 2008 and have updated it a few times, most recently on June 13, 2012. This article primarily addresses self-publishing a print book, though many of the tips apply to e-books as well. For specific information about publishing an e-book, see my companion article, "How to self-publish an ebook." I know, I know.

How to self-publish an ebook A while back I wrote a column titled "Self-publishing: 25 things you need to know," which was mostly about how to create and sell your own paper book. After folks asked me to do something similar for e-books, I created this article, which has now been updated a few times. I begin with one caveat: The whole e-book market is rapidly evolving, and a lot of self-publishing companies are offering e-book deals bundled into their print book publishing packages, which makes them harder to break out and evaluate. It's all quite complicated, and in an effort to sort through the confusion, I've decided to offer a few basic tips and present what I think are some of the best options out there for creating an e-book quickly and easily. As things change -- and they will -- I'll do my best to keep this column up to date.

Lorem Ipsum: Nifty new hypertext/Interactive Fiction authoring system I recently encountered a cool system called Undum for creating hypertext stories, semi-interactive text-based games, and Interactive Fiction. On the plus side, it looks gorgeous, it does nifty smooth fades and highlights, and at the end of a reading/play session, the reader/player has a transcript that reads like a story. On the minus side, it appears to require a certain amount of JavaScript coding (and some HTML and some CSS) if you want to write an Undum story, which may scare off less technical authors. It looks to me at first glance like it doesn't require much JS; it appears to be pretty beginner-friendly, to have pretty good documentation, and to supply a tutorial story that authors can copy and mess with.

How to Self Publish a Book IngramSparkSM has simplified the complex process of publishing books and distributing content around the world into a single, easy-to-use platform. Input your contact details Input your title ISBN Upload your title metadata Input title usage list price and territory rights Upload your ebook (EPUB-reflowable only--interior + JPEG cover) and/or print (PDF x 2) files Provide your US, UK, EU, CA or AU bank or PayPal account information so we can compensate you on retail sales You're ready to publish with IngramSpark! If you are ready, sign up here. Articles I’ve written extensively about writing over the years, and to the left, you’ll find the sections for the writing articles, how-tos, and workshops I’ve written on this site.On your right, you’ll find links to the individual articles. Complete and always-current section directories are here: Writing FAQS Directory The most frequently-asked questions I’ve received since I started the first version of this site back in 1997. Writing Heart, Mind, & Soul Directory The process and philosophy of writing: why writing fiction matters.

Writers Associations: A List Of Organizations For Writers Here’s a great list of writers associations and organizations for writers! Many local writers organizations have affiliations with national groups, but some writing groups stand alone within their communities. If you want to find local writing groups or national writing associations, look no further! Writing organizations offer wonderful resources for writers. 45+ Websites that will Pay You to Write Two years ago, I compiled and published a list of 30+ websites that pay people to contribute articles. Demand for this list was extremely high and the post eventually became really popular to the extent that it has now been viewed over 70,000 times. I’ve gotten a lot of feedback since writing that post – as well as requests for more categories.

Web Design & Book Marketing Members of the Best Seller Society are authors just like you. They may be just starting out in the writing world or they may be multi-published authors with books at every major bookstore in America. They know a secret. How to write a book – the short honest truth Every author I know gets asked the same question: How do you write a book? It’s a simple question, but it causes unexpected problems. On the one hand, it’s nice to have people interested in something I do. If I told people I fixed toasters for a living, I doubt I’d get many inquires.