My Challenge of 70 While I Am 70 Pushes Me…
So I got a comment about structuring a short story publishing challenge for 2021 for others, especially writers just starting out. And I think it’s a great idea for a bunch of reasons for most writers. So I thought I would go into the reasons and the idea here.
Challenge: Publish 52 Short Stories Stand Alone In 2021
Note, I did not say write, I said PUBLISH.
Stories would have to be stand-alone, most selling for $2.99 electronic and $4.99 paper. (Under 3,000 words sell it for $1.99… never 99 cents.)
A lot of writers I know have collections published which have stories in them that are not yet published stand-alone. Those would be easy to mine for stories for the challenge.
A lot of writers I know have unpublished stories sitting, waiting. Heck, a bunch of writers did the write 52 stories in 52 weeks challenge and haven’t got most of those out yet.
POINT #1… So to get to 52 stories, you might have to write a few a month, but most writers have a bunch to start this challenge.
POINT #2… It is the middle of November, so you would have 40 or so days to get ready to start. That means doing some covers ahead, maybe writing a few stories ahead. The key of the challenge is to publish stand-alone 52 short stories in 2021.
Maybe set this up to report in with couple of friends. Or put it on your web site and give each story away for one week like Kris does on her web site. Thousands of ideas to keep the challenge going for yourself.
SO HOW WOULD THIS HELP YOU???
Oh, wow, let me count the ways.
- If you managed to do this, you would increase your discoverability by a lot, gain more fans for years and years.
- If you managed to do this, you would be a lot better at designing covers quickly and finding the art for the covers, not counting layout and loading to sales sites.
- If you managed to do this and priced them correctly, you would make some nice money.
- If you managed to do this, your IP value of your writing would increase dramatically and that would last for 70 years past your death.
- If you managed to do this, and get them all into paper as well, you would have a ton of promotion material for years to come that could be used in hundreds of ways.
- If you managed to do this, your creative voice would be flying at full speed and you would have more novel projects and things you wanted to do than could be imagined.
- If you managed to do this, you would never question your ability to be a writer and publisher again.
- If you managed to do this, you would learn publishing schedules and focus and getting your stuff wide around the world.
So this is a great challenge for 2021. Unlike my publish 70 major books while I am 70 challenge, this short story challenge anyone can do and have fun with. And I highly suggest that you spend the extra hour a week to put each into paper because having 52 small short story paperbacks on your shelf by the end of the year will be so much fun.
And keep in mind, you can format, do a cover, and publish around the world a short story electronic in about two hours, faster after you have done some. Add an extra hour if you put it into paper. So you could have a publishing day once a month, do four of them, and write the rest of the month. A perfect challenge in so many ways.
Have fun with it.
If it scares you, that’s good. If you don’t do it, you won’t have 52 books published by the end of 2021. But if you decide to do it… well… it will change everything for your writing and your business and your publishing, not counting your attitude.