One question I frequently see in various writers’ forums, is “how can an indie get their name out there and gain fans for their work?”
My answer is simple. We write short stories and submit them to magazines, anthologies, and contests.
Every time your short work is published or places well in a contest, you stand the chance of getting your name out there and it’s nice to have a little extra cash in your pocket.
Despite the changes in the publishing industry as a whole, writing short stories is still the way to get your foot in the door and increase your visibility. Anthology calls from traditional large publishing houses and reputable small and mid-size publishers that are willing to pay for your work are sometimes open to new authors.
Also, magazines that are SFWA approved regularly post open calls for submission, so it pays to check each magazine and publisher’s website for opportunities.
Submitting to contests is good too. If you have a story that was a contest winner, you may be able to sell it to the right publication.
Writing for anthologies and contests have similar requirements. You must learn how to write to a specific length. Often, you must make use of a specific theme, one that may not be of your choosing.