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.



3 thoughts on “Progress

  1. I’m taking a slower approach to publishing a story this year, because this is a first for me. I’m starting with one that’s been published, but which now have all future rights to. I plan on making it free, and treating it as a learning laboratory, so that I’ll have some skill acquisition for future (for pay) projects. Eventually, I’ll also be trying a poetry chapbook, an anthology (I don’t have quite enough stories for one yet, but I should in another year or so), and then novels.

    I hope you’ll share your experience more as you go along. Already, I can add Canva to the list of things to check out; I have images and ideas, but not the design skill.

    As for Mr. Gaiman, I know that he’s got far greater credentials than I do, but I don’t quite agree with him. A writer who only writes and does or learns nothing else is inherently going to be less interesting than one who actually gets out into the world to live and learn. It tends to give us richer veins to write about, and I find I write faster and better when I’m picking up a new skill.

    I wish you all the best of luck. Hope you’ll be posting a link when it’s up! =D


    • Yes, I like Stephen King’s approach. Do lots of cool things as that gives you experiences worth writing about. I figure I can use short stories to learn while making a little money.


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