I want to publish short stories how do I go about it?

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  1. Aniket Lawand profile image72
    Aniket Lawandposted 4 years ago

    I want to publish short stories how do I go about it?

  2. stuff4kids profile image96
    stuff4kidsposted 4 years ago

    There are a few steps to do this, assuming that you want to not only publish but also sell them.

    1. Read short stories. If you don't already, you need to read a lot to understand the form and decide which genre you wish to write in.

    2. Get a copy of The Writer's Handbook and Writer's Market and study the current publications that may accept your submissions. Make a list of who you want to write for.

    3. Write some stories. Maybe join a writer's group to get the work critiqued. Re-write the stories until they are as good as you can get them.

    4. Submit the stories to your chosen markets being sure to follow their submission guidelines to the letter.

    5. Rinse and repeat.

    You might also want to sign up for a service such as Duotrope's Digest which enables you to search markets, make and track submissions online and much more. I think it's about $50 a year to subscribe and money well spent if you're serious about publishing short stories in any genre.

    All the best!

  3. Just Ask Susan profile image90
    Just Ask Susanposted 4 years ago

    If you want to self publish you can do this through Kindle Direct Publishing. This is the way I published my book and I found it very easy to do. Good luck!

    1. Aniket Lawand profile image72
      Aniket Lawandposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Susan. I am trying to do that as I write this back to you. If I am not asking for too much, do you have any idea about publishing rights, how can we acquire the same or we simply ignore that bit

    2. Just Ask Susan profile image90
      Just Ask Susanposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      I'm not sure that I understand your question but as long as you've written it there's no problem.

    3. Aniket Lawand profile image72
      Aniket Lawandposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks Again Susan. I got the answer. I was asking about the tick box on Amazon wherein I have to select if I have the publishing rights. I thought that there is a registration process for gaining right to my own book. Thanks Again. smile

    4. Just Ask Susan profile image90
      Just Ask Susanposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Glad that you did find what you were looking for. Welcome to HubPages!

    5. Aniket Lawand profile image72
      Aniket Lawandposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks to you. I have managed to publish my first book on Kindle. I am waiting for the Kindle Team to get back to me.
      By tomorrow I should be publishing my second book. I have chosen writing as a profession as I love to write fiction. Thanks smile

  4. Old-Empresario profile image81
    Old-Empresarioposted 4 years ago

    First, write a bunch of short stories. Then use a search engine to locate an editor and contact them about getting your stories published.

    1. Aniket Lawand profile image72
      Aniket Lawandposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks. I am sure this information will help me.

  5. Availiasvision profile image86
    Availiasvisionposted 4 years ago

    First you have to decide where you would like your short stories published and what outcome you are expecting. 

    If you go the traditional route and want to get your stories into anthologies, journals, or magazines, you will need to send out contest submissions and query letters. Often, these publishers are looking for a certain type or genre of story, which will limit your creative freedom.  In the case of college journals and small town magazines, you may not receive compensation for your hard work, but should go into it with the mindset that you are getting your work out into readers hands and building a portfolio.  For larger publications, my understanding is that the  average price for a short story is $50-$500 for a 2000 word story.  You may send out hundreds of query letters and only make $50, but heck, you will have "made it" as a writer. 

    You can "publish" your short fiction here on HubPages and get paid through impressions and affiliate sales.

    My personal opinion is that you will be better off self-publishing your short fiction as an e-book.  You have to read the fine print, but most of the time you can still sell your short fiction to a magazine, even after selling it as an e-book.  The major exception would be the Kindle Select program, where you agree to offer your work through Kindle for 90 days.         You can bundle your work into a larger e-book to give more value to your readers.  I have been selling my short stories on Kindle and have found the process to be very easy and enjoyable.

    1. Aniket Lawand profile image72
      Aniket Lawandposted 4 years agoin reply to this

      Thanks a lot. This should help me a lot. smile

  6. CH Cram profile image60
    CH Cramposted 11 months ago

    I went on amazon kindle publishing to start getting my name out there and so far it has helped a lot!

 
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