The video begins humorously as Anthony Carbajal, a photographer, dresses up in a neon bikini top and soaps up a car before being doused with ice water.
Anonymous said: I recently saw on Twitter a number of SFF authors talking about why they don't write short fiction any more - essentially, it isn't worth the time for the money they would make from a sale. The smart thing to write, from a financial point of view, is novels. As an aspiring author who loves both short fiction and novels, would success doom me to abandoning a form of fiction I adore? Do I just need to take a hit to the pocketbook for the sake of writing what I want?
My suspicion is that authors who make that choice don’t enjoy short fiction, and so it takes them a disproportionately long time to write. Also, that when they say “short story” they really mean “novella” or “novelette.”
If they write a novella or novelette, and only sell it once, then I can see why they feel it isn’t profitable.
My experience with short fiction is that I can write a story in fairly short order and then keep selling it. The reprint market for short stories is surprisingly solid, particularly for stories under 4000 words. Foreign markets also, are much more willing to translate a short story.
Also, there’s now a self-publishing market for novelettes and novellas which means that you can continue to sell them.
All of which is to say, that no — you don’t have to abandon short form. All you have to do is remember that the first sale is not the only sale.
$30 gets you printable STL files for three suits of Barbie armor — you’ll need your own printer (or use one at your local makerspace).