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Title: Short stories, anyone?
Post by: Joe Vasicek on November 05, 2018, 03:01:30 PM
Who here still writes short stories and submits them to the traditional markets? Have you found any success?

Any tips on blending a traditional short story career with an indie writing career?

What have you found helps to keep you on top of your short game?
Title: Re: Short stories, anyone?
Post by: CoraBuhlert on November 05, 2018, 09:59:34 PM
I write a lot of shorts and occasionally submit them to magazines, anthologies, etc..., though many also go straight to indie, because they're part of an established series or world or because I have a couple of stories with a similar theme, so I bundle them in a collection. Poems still go to on submission, because there is no real indie market for them. My hit rate isn't too great, but then my work doesn't fit all that well into the current SFF short fiction market, which is part of the reason I went indie in the first place. And other genres barely have a short fiction market at all.

Otherwise, the same rules as always apply. Read the submission guidelines and follow them and read the magazine itself, whenever possible, which is easier now that many/most are online. If can get to know the editors personally, either online or at conventions, it probably also helps. Though if you only interact with them hoping to sell a story, they'll notice.
Title: Re: Short stories, anyone?
Post by: Mark Gardner on November 06, 2018, 12:34:48 AM
I also write and submit short stories to magazines and anthologies. Itís a solid way to get trad cred. You write and submit every month, and after a year to 18 months, you compile the ones not accepted into a collection and self pub.
Title: Re: Short stories, anyone?
Post by: Vijaya on November 06, 2018, 03:47:23 AM
I still write and submit short stories. And I'm thinking I should be doing more of it because it's a good way to promote my other work, esp. if I'm given a line or two.
Title: Re: Short stories, anyone?
Post by: Joe Vasicek on November 06, 2018, 07:37:41 AM
I also write and submit short stories to magazines and anthologies. Itís a solid way to get trad cred. You write and submit every month, and after a year to 18 months, you compile the ones not accepted into a collection and self pub.

That's basically what I've been doing, except that I tend to write short stories in bursts, not at a steady rate. Also, in the past I've self-published as soon as I've exhausted the pro markets (5 cents per word and up). Now, I think I should keep my stories on the market longer and write them at a more consistent pace.