Interesting take on the financial pros and cons of writing over at financial website This is Money where Toby Walne asks, “Could you become the next big author?” Of course the article is pitched at people on a get-rich-quick programme with their writing and therefore not really at short story writers… All the same, it made me think.
A number of times now, I have agreed to have stories or articles published in anthologies for tiny fees, and I know other short story writers who have done the same. But I will have to review this and see if it is something that is working for me as a writer, apart from the instant buzz of seeing something “out there”. Because income from the bits and pieces I have already written and had published ought to be the way in which I buy time to write more. Do I need to quit writing short stories, or what? This is something I will be doing some serious thinking about in the next week or so, and if any other short story writers are reading this, I’d welcome your tips, suggestions or comments to help me think it through.