Hello, hello, hello, everyone everywhere! A new day of blogging has begun. It will be another lovely day in The ‘Burgh today with a mix of clouds and sunshine and a high around 75. I’ll probably take a nice walk around the neighborhood before assuming my favorite position (flat on my back on the sofa with two fat pillows under my weary head) as I read my new book on the French Revolution that I got from the library yesterday and listen to soothing classical music on the radio. The Pirates are still in a slump but the Penguins won the Stanley Cup last night.
But I digress…
Money And The Writer Of Flash Fiction
Would you like to make money writing flash fiction? I’ve made money writing flash fiction. And because of flash fiction I won a fellowship in 2003 from the University of Pittsburgh that paid for my MFA and gave me a $1,000 stipend every month to live off of for three years; and now I pay writers $30.00 for each of their flash fiction stories that I publish in the Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette. Next month I will pay out $150 for five flash fiction stories that make up the July Erotic Flash Fiction Special.
I know something about writing flash fiction for money.
So, yes you can make money writing flash fiction. You cannot make a living writing flash fiction for money. But you can supplement your income. But you know what? Most writers will never make money writing flash fiction for several reasons.
- They think writing flash fiction is a waste of time.
- They won’t take the time to read and study flash fiction.
- They won’t take the time to search out and find several paying markets for their flash fiction.
- They won’t do the basics like follow submission guidelines.
But if you are determined to write flash fiction and to try to make money from flash fiction, here are a few things you should do.
- Read flash fiction and study it.
- Find several paying markets for the kind of flash fiction you want to write.
- Become a dependable source of flash fiction for several paying markets.
- Always, always, always read and follow the submission guidelines.
Now you have the yin and the yang of writing flash fiction for money. Let me repeat this: you will not make a living writing flash fiction; but if you secure the trust of several paying markets you may be able to supplement your income. This happy state of affairs will not happen overnight. If you start your search for paying markets today, you may sell three or four stories before 2016 is over.
The Pittsburgh Flash Fiction Gazette is an excellent source for examples of flash fiction (erotic and non-erotic) and of articles on how to write flash fiction (erotic and non-erotic). Just go to Categories in the sidebar and scan down to the appropriate categories.
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This is Guy Hogan reporting from Pittsburgh.
PS Unfortunately, my submissions department is closed until further notice. But there are other paying markets (and contests with prize money) online for flash fiction. You just have to do your homework and find them.