Writing short fiction can be useful for licensing and self-publishing income, or using them to grow your list and connect with readers. There are many more opportunities for shorts in the digital world and in today's interview, Matty Dalrymple gives plenty of ideas that you can use in your author business.
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Matty Dalrymple is a thriller and suspense author, as well as a nonfiction author and podcaster at TheIndyAuthor.com. Her latest book for authors is Taking the Short Tack: Creating Income and Connecting with Readers Using Short Fiction, co-written with Mark Leslie Lefebvre.
You can listen above or on your favorite podcast app or read the notes and links below. Here are the highlights and the full transcript below.
- What defines a short story
- Reasons to write short
- On the cycle of serials being popular
- How short stories can connect us with our readers and fans of a certain character
- Ideas for how to monetize short fiction
- Joining or creating short fiction anthologies
- Tools for splitting royalties for anthologies
- Options for audiobook versions of short stories
- Co-writing tips and why having a contract in place matters
You can find Marry Dalrymple at TheIndyAuthor.com and on Twitter @TheIndyAuthor