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How to Earn Money from Short Stories You Can't Sell

How to Earn Money from Short Stories You Can't Sell

hideki ryuga

March 04, 2013
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    “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.”
    BREAKING NEWS: IF YOU CAN’T SELL, YOU ARE NOT A LOUSY WRITER.
    Writers are often at the mercy of their editor. 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.

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  2. 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.
    Here is 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)
    Do the same by Signing Up for Hubpages

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