jharmonCan Writers Make a Living From Short Stories Alone? | Writinghood
Once upon a time, short story writers were king. Then came the long drought of decades upon decades. With electronic publishing, could that drought finally be over for good?
Not too long ago, literally a matter of a year or two, the question would have been ludicrous. Can fiction writers make a living from short stories?
A half century or more ago, there were some authors who were fortunate enough to make a living from short stories. O. Henry comes to mind, even Robert E. Howard, and any number of genre writers from the 1920s through about the early 1950s. That was roughly the time period when lots and lots of readers turned to magazines and other printed periodicals for entertainment. Detective stories were popular, as were some fantasy and Westerns and romance writings.