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How to Begin Writing Short Stories Professionally
Practice is imperative to writing a successful short story.A common adage among writers is “never publish your first work”. While this may seem a little harsh or restrictive, there’s good reasoning behind it. Remember that your first work is what sets your reputation. It’s hard to recover from a poorly-received first novel as many people may already have written you off. This may also seem like a wasted effort, but it’s generally a good idea to write your first story and then get it sent to an editor. That way, you’ll avoid common mistakes, and get valuable feedback about what you may not have developed enough, plot holes you may have written, and other roadblocks.
Create your first story and get your manuscript ready for publishing.This is around the time that you'll want to hire an agent who can help you find a reputable printing press to get your story out to the public.
Contact an agent and send your manuscript to a publishing house.This is rather self-explanatory, but is crucial. Choosing the wrong agent or the wrong publishing house can make or break the career of an aspiring author. Research reputable agents and houses, and ask around to see who can give you the best service for your money
Promote your work.You’ve gotten it published; now it’s time to get some return on it. Thanks to today’s technology, it’s far easier to get word out than ever before. Some quick tips: post reviews on Amazon. Amazon will host more or less anything, provided there are more than several copies. Get some friends to post some positive reviews and help you out. Pass out copies to people in the right places. If you have a friend who owns or works at a bookshop, give them some copies to hand out. Start up a webpage, create a blog, do a reading. There are many ways to get the word out. You just have to find them.
Check out critical reception of your work.Depending on how you promoted it, you may get a lot of critical feedback in known works, or you may get a few simple reviews on Amazon. Any critique is helpful, and it can help shape your writing to be more successful in the future. Examine what you need to work on, and set upon fixing it.
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- Be aware that an agent will usually not take you if you’re a short story writer because there isn’t as high a guarantee that they will make money off of you. To avoid this, it’s important to make a collection of short stories rather than just one. It’s far easier to make money off of something that’s novel size, rather than short story size.
- Keep an eye out on bestseller lists. The New York Times bestseller list is the most famous example, and while it may be broad, it will give a good idea of what is selling at the moment. Of course, you needn’t limit yourself to the genres that are in demand, but it will give you a good idea of when to release your book.
- Beware “vanity presses” that are available to print your books at lower prices on your dollar. Some examples are Vantage Press and AuthorHouse. These publishing houses are notorious for publishing works without editing and doing little to promote the work. Also, there’s no effort in getting published by such an establishment. If you have the money, they’ll print your book. This inspires a sense of false accomplishment in the writer, and may result in them settling, with little desire for improvement or further practice. For this reason, it’s important to find an agent who can promote your work and direct you to more reputable publishing houses.
- Avoid internet searches for agents. Most of the “scammers” know of this and will create professional looking sites to gain the author’s confidence. Also, a reputable agent will not ask for any fees before they find someone to publish your work. The Association of Author Representatives and Agent Research and Evaluation provide legitimate who want to help you get your work published.
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