I love to read. I have loved reading for most of my life.
As a writer, I read genre books, poetry, and non-fiction, specifically writing craft books, writing encouragement books, writing prompt books, books that inform my writing, and writing business books. This last year, I embarked on a writing business and writing marketing book binge. I read seven books on writing which focused on the business of writing and marketing, Plus, I’m currently finishing up two more books on the business of writing and marketing.
I decided it’s time to start reviewing some of these books and recommending the ones I love to my fellow writers.
The first one I’m reviewing is one I’ve reviewed before, but I wanted to highlight it once again at the start of this series, since it was the first book on the writing business that I read this year.
The Business of Writing Short Stories: Writing, Submitting, Publishing, and Marketing by Shannon Lawrence (horror writer by night) is the definitive work on the business of writing short stories.Tweet
This book has everything you need, from non-nonsense tips on writing short stories, publishing short stories, and marketing short stories. It is jammed full of information, and I recommend it for anyone who wants to write short stories successfully.
I have been writing short stories for over three decades and I wish someone had given me this book back in college, or ten years ago when I started trying to make a business of writing. I highly recommend it as a book for any student of writing, any writer who wants to make a go of it, and anyone who needs a little help going in the right direction with the business side of writing short stories.
Truly an excellent book and a must for any writer’s shelf.
Official book blurb:
Whether you’re looking to add short stories to your repertoire as a solo pursuit or in addition to novel writing, The Business of Short Stories covers every aspect from writing to marketing. Learn the dynamics of short story writing, where to focus your editing efforts, how and where to submit, how to handle acceptances and rejections, what to do with reprints, and how to market yourself and your stories online and in person. The information in The Business of Short Stories has been distilled from over a decade of short story publishing experience so you don’t have to learn the hard way. You’ll find information on submission formatting, cover letters, querying a collection, sending proposals to writing events, how to create a website, SEO, social media, and so much more. This is an invaluable resource for short story writers.