How To Write A Book Of Short Stories — And Sell It On Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Kobo, Smashwords
Why Write & Publish A Short Story Collection eBook?
- It imposes deadlines and a finite end to each project,
- It can inspire you to finish and polish your stories,
- Setting my own theme and writing my own ‘themed anthology’ helped me focus on what to do every time I scheduled a writing session,
- It helped me weather the storms of writing to someone else’s specifications and then spending weeks waiting to hear back to hear that I hadn’t quite hit what they needed [N.B. I won’t stop submitting to magazines and online publications. I just needed another outlet too!]. I wanted to feel like I was spending more time writing than researching markets.
- To build an audience of readers, not just other writers (much as I love my online writing buddies, we all need readers!).
- To build a track record of publications with reviews and feedback.
Was It A Success?
A resounding success. My experiment is still a bit of a work in progress as I have only released a few things, and my marketing is designed to produce results over the long haul. But I can tell you that I have never been more inspired or productive in my writing life. Just the thought of taking control, seeking feedback from trusted writing friends, polishing and releasing these stories, has filled me with drive and broken through any number of writing blocks in the past few months. Because my marketing plan isn’t fully in place yet (and relies on more collections being released over the next year), I’m not going to talk about sales figures yet.
I am, however, going to share how I got the books out into the world, created mechanisms for gathering reader feedback and began to share my stories with the world in my new StoryADay Write And Publish Your Short Story Collection eBook Workshop. And it’s free for you.
It contains everything from:
- How (And Why) To Write & Polish a Themed Batch Of Stories
- My Timeline For Putting Together An eBook
- Preparing for Publishing (including preparing the text and cover, and what you must include to ensure readers connect with you)
- Working with Amazon to Create A Kindle Edition (including a walk-through of the publishing process)
- Working With Smashwords To Create Other eBook Formats (including technical details and tips on how to use Smashwords to increase your book’s reach)
- What I Did To “Release” The Book (includes how I sought reviews, spread the word and gathered feedback)
- What Next? (Includes tips for ongoing marketing, and planning the next collection)
- Your Turn (A pep-talk on the three most important steps you must take if you’re going to try this)
- Resources (includes links to all the services I use for publication and promotion.
Download your copy for free here, and do let me know how you get on: firstname.lastname@example.org
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