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For #2, you must price your short story at at least .99 no matter how short it is. (i know some of you don’t like this idea. fine, keep your story at 99 cents and keep making 35 cent in the discount bin. no problem for me, and not something to talk about in this discussion.) you also must dig out the few hours extra per week it takes to publish your story and do the cover. i also put all my short stories into a stand-alone paper version just for me because there is no extra costs. i sell those paper versions for .99 and surprisingly, every-so-often one sells. but they do make my .99 price look better for the electronic version.That said, i do hope to make a living from writing something fun. my only apprehension is that the model described here may not work as it once did – i’m not sure many people are willing to pay .99 for a short story any more. even in the genre of romance, where readers seem more likely than most to pay for short stories, the viability of .99 shorts has appeared to decline, with most box-sets/anthologies/novels priced at that instead. this leads me to believe that short stories in other genres may have to be priced lower to garner sales, which will result in a growth of income exponentially slower than outlined here.(sorry, this work-ethic topic just makes me very snarky. and please don’t give me your pitiful excuses about having to research or think about your story or build character worksheets or rewrite your story a dozen times to make your story dull and boring and just like everyone else’s story. and please don’t talk to me about how your day job is 60 hours. i have heard all the excuses and am not interested in why you can’t dig out one hour a day average out of your life. if you can’t do that much, stop claiming you want to be a writer. at least to me. thanks!).For those of you who don’t know my wife, she is the only person in history to win both the professional editor hugo award and a hugo award for her short fiction. she is also the only person in history to be in all four dell magazines in the same year. (asimov’s, analog, ellery queen, and hitchcock’s) and she has done that four out of the last five or six years. she has also been nominated for just about every award there is in short fiction in both science fiction, fantasy, and mystery and won a bunch of them.
The answer to is it possible to make a living writing short prose is "yes, but…" if your goal is to only write short fiction and make a living from that alone, chances are your standard of living is going to be quite low. while there are excellent literary markets where you can submit your work, the vast majority of them pay very little per story. there is the occasional standout, such as glimmer train, which pays a very respectable sum to published authors, but the competition in the writing world is extremely fierce. plus, if your short story is accepted for publication, you would need to have at least 10 or 12 stories published each month to make a decent salary, depending on the pay scale of the respective markets.Even though the short story writer might not aspire to be a novelist, a short story still needs basic components to be considered good fiction: a beginning, a middle, an end, a believable plot, interesting characters and rich dialogue. some writers may find writing a novel easier than condensing everything into a short story, but successful short story writers know what it takes to develop a tight, concise piece of fiction into a great story. they may have a list of narrative writing prompts nearby to keep inspiration flowing or are just incredibly creative.You can earn a little money from entering free short story contests if you win, but again, the prize isn't likely to be enough to pay your bills and if you don't win or place, then you get nothing. however, there are success stories from short story contest winners; at times, reputable agents take a look at who the up-and-comers are in the fiction field and may contact you for possible talks about publication, so entering contests is rarely a waste of time.