I’ve started doing some typing! And I’ve been reading up on writing short stories, focusing mainly on structuring shorter fiction since for the last few years I’ve been working on writing longer works. And…I’m not sure if this is a revision to my goals or a logical continuation from them but, well, here goes:
In the course of my readings, I stumbled across an article at Karen Woodward’s blog: How To Publish 52 Short Stories And 10 Collections Per Year, which outlines a plan devised by Dean Wesley Smith in a post at his blog, called The New World of Publishing: Helping Readers Find Your Work. The plan is based on making your stories more visible by publishing one short story per week (approximately 5,000 words) to Amazon.com. Then, bundling five weeks’ worth of stories into a collection for a slightly higher price point. The idea being that then, you have 52 stories and 10 collections in a year. And, if all goes well, by having a goodly number of works out on the market, you’ll be earning a tidy sum and building name recognition.
Granted, there are some givens here — you need to be writing good stories, plus you need to be able to produce professional looking books that are properly described and keyworded, etc.
I’ve been mulling this article around and around in my head for the last few days, ever since I originally read the article and…I think I would like to try it. Not immediately, since I don’t have any stories ready for sale, but I think this is something I would like to work toward. But, it brings up a question that I would like to put forward to the group: would it be better for a first-time writer, such as myself, to attempt to go the self-publishing route or to try for traditional publishing or would a combination of the two be better?
I realize, this question/these questions are of a highly subjective nature but any and all thoughts and advice would be appreciated.
If I do attempt self-publishing, particularly along the lines of Dean Wesley Smith, I want to start off with a backlog of stories (my magic number is at least 13 — i.e. a quarter of a year). Of course, this would probably *also* be a goodly number of stories to have for sending out to traditional markets too, And, writing 13 stories should be a good, concrete way to build up the writing habit.
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