I’ve been really frustrated today. I have written some short stories and they have all gotten rejected. The usual spiel is that it’s not what they are looking for.
Looking around at the market for short story anthology or magazine entries and nothing fits any of my stories, plus most want to pay something like $10 for a story I have spent months writing and revising.
I thought about putting my own anthology together, but that costs a lot of money, especially with the Canadian dollar being low right now. Who knows how long that will last?
So then I thought that many writers sell their short stories on Amazon. I can do this!
Next I thought I need some sort of book cover though. I knew I didn’t want to spend a ton of money on a cover for a short story when I might not make any money on it. I searched online for stock photos, but many were more than I wanted to pay. As I don’t have skill in turning a stock photo into a cover, there would be a lot of work for me to learn that skill, which would take me away from writing. According to Neil Gaiman, generally anything that leads to less writing is bad for the writer.
I stumbled upon a site called Canva, which lets you make your own covers, but it takes away the need to know a lot about working with graphics. In about 20 minutes I made a sleek cover and after I do some more tweaks to the story, I’ll be ready to upload it on Amazon.
Well, I’m finally going to have my Robbie Burns Day haggis meal.