First, we’re so happy to be publishing your story. Thank you for trusting us with your art. We can’t wait to share it with the world.
Short Fiction Break was started to give writers a platform to share their stories with the world. As writers ourselves, we know how hard it can be to get the attention of readers. We hope to make that easier.
We also know that while we do have a relationship with an audience, our readers care most about you, dear writer, not us.
With that in mind, here are a few things you can do to help your story get the attention it deserves.
1. Prepare Your Readers
Before it’s published, mention that your story was accepted by Short Fiction Break on your blog, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and any other social media channels you’re involved in.
For example, here’s something that readers always love to hear:
“My short story, [Insert Your Title Here], just got accepted by Short Fiction Break literary magazine! It will be published in May! EXCITED! @shortfictionbrk”
Get your audience excited so that when your story is published, they’ll be ready to read it.
2. Share Your Story on Social Media At Least Three Times
Once your story is published, share it on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and your other social media networks.
Share as often as once or twice a day.
You might say something like this:
“Want to read my latest short story? It was JUST published by Short Fiction Break literary magazine. Read it here and let me know what you think in the comments!”
Or even, “Dear wonderful readers. Can you help me with something? First, can you read my latest story that was just published by Short Fiction Break, and then, if you like it, share it with your friends on social media?”
3. Announce on Your Author Website
We ask for exclusive publishing rights for three months after publishing your story, but you’re more than welcome to share an excerpt or just a simple announcement on your blog.
Don’t have an author website? Learn how to create one here.
Curious about publication rights for your story? You can learn more here.
4. Email Your Fans
Send an email to your friends and family who might be interested in your story asking them to read and consider sharing it with their social networks.
5. Respond To Your Fans in the Comments
The comments section is where you can make a lasting connection with your readers. When people respond to your story, say thanks and, if it makes sense, engage them in conversation. That not only keeps readers coming back to your story to discover new things, but also gives them more reasons to read your next story.
6. Guest Post on The Write Practice
Our sister site, The Write Practice, is always looking for great writing advice. Consider writing a guest post about the process you used to write your story. The Write Practice will link to your story, exposing your story to its community of thousands of readers.
Here’s a link to The Write Practice’s guest post guidelines.
Thank You for Sharing Your Story With Us
It’s a huge privilege, and we don’t take it lightly. Thank you again, and best of luck!