Are you a new writer? Or are you a writer who is new to flash fiction? Are you serious about writing erotic flash fiction?
I can help you.
Here are my credentials. In 2003, as an undergrad in the writing program at the University of Pittsburgh, the university awarded me a fellowship that paid for three years of graduate school in the university’s MFA fiction writing program. The fellowship included a stipend of $1,000 a month for three years. I was a flash fiction writer. When I graduated I sold flash fiction stories and articles on how to write flash fiction for $30.00 a pop to a local print weekly for two years until the publication ceased publication (I don’t think my stories had anything to do with the demise of the publication–shit happens). And now because of flash fiction I have my own online business. I edit and publish the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette.
So, don’t let anyone tell you writing flash fiction, especially erotic flash fiction, doesn’t pay. It does. It’s just in how you work it.
If you’re really serious about becoming a writer of erotic flash fiction, the first thing you need to do is to familiarize yourself with the genre. You need to not only read erotic flash fiction, but you must study erotic flash fiction just like you would study any craft.
And then you have to write and get your erotic flash fiction in front of the public. You have to search out publications, online and print publications that are international and local, that publish erotic flash fiction. You might want to publish a book of your erotic flash fiction. And then you have to promote your erotic flash fiction.
This is not as easy as I make it sound. A couple of my regular contributors have informed me that they haven’t submitted anything the past few months because of other more pressing responsibilities.
I also know that one or two of you reading this post will submit an erotic flash fiction story to the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette, and if it’s not accepted for publication you’ll give up being a writer of flash fiction, period. You may even give up your dream of being a writer. Let me say this about perseverance. My flash fiction was rejected for years before I got my first acceptance and I wasn’t even paid for it. Now I know the Old Soldier isn’t tougher than you are.
So, if you’re serious about being a writer of erotic flash fiction, one of the best things you can do is to become a regular reader of the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. My mission is to entertain, inform and inspire you. I’m rooting for you. We erotic flash fiction writers are all in this together.
Keep reading and keep writing that erotic flash fiction.
This is the Old Soldier reporting from Pittsburgh.