Short stories are a tricky beast. People don’t usually go out looking to buy them, but they love having them around. Novels are easier to market than short stories, but anthologies still have a decent market. So how do you use the Internet to market your short stories?
Pink spoon marketing
Do you have an anthology available? Give away your best story from the collection to whet readers’ appetite.
Social media marketing
Share your journey with your Twitter followers and Facebook friends. When you sell a story, announce it. When you’re working on a story, share tips and tidbits of your writer’s journey.
Record every live appearance where you get a chance to speak and post the videos on YouTube and Facebook. Create a video “diary” where you let readers peek inside your world.
Produce a podcast. Record readings of your work and give samples away, while selling full recordings.
Blog about what you are doing. I do this on CarmaSpenceWriter.com. Share thoughts, experiences and inspirations. Post samples of your work.
Write about writing and post article to article directories. Write about the background information in your stories and post them. For example, you’ve done research on medieval weaponry to make your high fantasy short story have more verisimilitude. Post an article about it that will attract people interested in medieval weaponry … chances are they’ll enjoy your work, as well.
Thinking of self-publishing your book?
Want to make sure it gets on Amazon and the Kindle?
Then check out “How to Leverage Amazon.com to Attract New Clients.” In this audio course I show you how to create a lead-generating book and publish it using either Lulu.com or CreateSpace.com for physical books and Amazon Digital for the Kindle. You receive step-by-step guides that walk you through the process with ease!
Not sure if self-publishing is right for you?
Check out this free replay of a webinar I did with Daniel Hall: 19 Innovative Ways to Build Your Business With a Self Published Book.