Why I Am Grateful For My Short Fiction Readers

Reflecting On Your Readers
I recently read a beautiful biography that was married together with an encouraging story on finding more time for rest and renewal. Bonnie Gray, from the Faith Barista blog, served up a truly heart warming story of her own journey in Finding Spiritual Whitespace. I commented on her blog, and told her I was really encouraged by her book. It was a masterfully put together piece of writing, and in her book, she really touched my heart by saying that she believed that she “met with her readers in between the pages” of her book. That struck a chord of reality with me, and led me to sincerely reflect on the gratitude that authors have for their readers.

Looking To Others In Your Environment For Inspiration
Readers are not just readers – they are wonderfully individual, dynamic, amazing and incredible people with their own stories – it is from those around me, and those beyond my own physical environments that I become mindful of when I write articles. As a writer, I recommend sincerely looking at those around you in your immediate environment as a way to begin to connect with and appreciate your readers.

Rich Relationships Contribute To Uplifting Stories
The people around me are always contributing to my life, making it richer and more enjoyable, and I appreciate them in myriads of ways. I have formed friendships with people through work situations, through family members and through the journey called life. I have found that as people they are going through situations where life has short time in the margins, and that they enjoy uplifting and short and encouraging works of fiction.

The Appeal Of Short Fiction As A Genre To Readers
This is where short fiction can really come into its own as a wonderful genre and an opportunity to connect and feel appreciative and grateful for those around you, and your readers. You can pick up little life events, ponder them, and then turn those into little vignettes of joy, that only take five minutes to read, but will leave your readers feeling really happy, uplifted and encouraged for the rest of the day.

Helping To Make Readers’ Lives More Enjoyable
Science fiction, romance, and a whole host of other genres have their place, but as a really special little part of a reader’s day, it might just be that they pick up your little novella and after reading it feel that much better. Short fiction is never a burden, it is an act of appreciation. It was in mind that I thought of some little random acts of kindness that my friends did, and then used that as a basis for some of the short novellas that I have written.

Writing With Enthusiasm and Appreciation
Truly you can meet your readers within the pages, and write with love and enthusiasm for your readers, and they will feel it genuinely as they close the page and walk off into the day, with their hearts a little lighter and a smile on their faces.

How to Find Places to Publish Your Short Fiction

Not everybody aspires to write the great American novel. In fact, many writers are content to thoughtful and engaging short stories, whether for broad consumption or simply as a means of channeling creative energy into the written word. Writing short stories may not make you a millionaire, but you have the opportunity to gain a loyal readership and perhaps find greater glory in another medium. When you consider that a short story about cowboys by Annie Proulx, published originally in The New Yorker, was adapted into an Oscar-winning film, you’ll find the possibilities of interpreting your story are many. So, too, are opportunities for getting them read.

Thanks to the Internet, writers have greater avenues to explore for their writings. As a short story author, you especially want to take note of market guidelines – what rights are signed over, how you are paid, and in which media your story will be distributed. Here are just a few suggestions for your short piece:

Story Journals and Magazines – Yes, there are still many journals and periodicals on the market that accept short fiction. Granted, some of the better known magazines may require you to have agent representation, but you can consult the annual Writer’s Market guides to find out which journals will look at work and what you need to do to submit.

Anthologies – Keep an eye out, too, for submission calls by publishers putting together multi-author anthologies. These are especially popular in certain genres like science fiction or mystery. While many anthologies are by invitation only, you can search online submission calls for other projects. Editors of these works typically offer authors a flat fee and take one-time rights, but it’s best to check all the particulars before you sign a contract.

Self-Published Singles – Thanks to the likes of Amazon’s KDP platform, authors can offer short stories for the Kindle. You can charge as little as 99 cents for readers to download your stories to eBook devices or laptops.

Short Story Collections – If you find you have enough shorts to comprise a book, you may wish to consider publishing them together as a collection. Research publishers interested in taking on a short story author, or look into alternatives in self-publishing to get your book out to readers.

Story Websites – As with periodicals, there are fiction websites willing to pay for content. Some may be subscription based, while others make the works available to all visitors. Be sure to study all potential websites before submitting.

Think Outside the Box! As a writer you are encouraged to be original. Take advantage of new media to promote work. Tweet your story 140 characters at a time on your account, or set up a Facebook page for your stories. You may not make money, but the readers you gain from your publicity may end up buying your works later on.

Short fiction is more in demand than you think. Know where to go to submit your work, and you will discover a rising appreciation for your talents.