Writing short stories can be more challenging than a novel so they’re excellent for developing craft, plus they can also be a good side income. Today I talk to Alan Baxter about how to get ideas for stories, and how to write and sell them.
In the intro, I talk about my ARKANE boxset hitting the USA Today bestseller list and how you could do it too through ad stacking. Plus, Wattpad in-story ads and the new Kindle Motion format.
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Alan Baxter is an award-winning author of dark fantasy, horror and sci-fi with 6 novels and over 70 internationally published short stories as well as writing for video games. He’s British but lives in Australia and he’s also a Kung Fu instructor and British National Champion.
- The changes in Alan’s writing life since he was last on the podcast and the markers of success for an author.
- Whether there is a recent increased interest in Dark Fantasy.
- On the way Alan’s hybrid author business works.
- Defining short story, novelette, novella and novel.
- The differences between an award-winning short story and one that doesn’t sell or receive acclaim.
- Why Alan writes more short stories than novels.
- The markets writers can submit short stories to and whether the market for short stories has grown with the rise of ebooks.
- Alan’s list of recommended short story authors and books if you’d like some reading!
You can find Alan at www.AlanBaxterOnline.com or on twitter @alanbaxter