Awhile back I posted this information on YA Authors You've Never Heard Of (me) and since I've been editing and writing and etc. this week I thought I'd share it with those of you who have not already read it. Enjoy.
Goody, goody! A royalty check arrives in the mail or is deposited in my Paypal account. Time to go shopping. Let me see. What can I buy for a buck fifty? A candy bar? A birthday card? Now I don’t want to sound ungrateful. I’m thankful for every penny my books earn and I exaggerated a little. When my royalties from all my books add up it’s somewhat better. Oh, I can’t go purchase a new car, but there are ways to add to my writing income without spending a couple of years on a novel. I can write magazine articles or short stories for the Chicken Soup for the Soul series.
Chicken Soup stories are usually less than 500 words and pay $100 to $200 plus 10 copies of the book. Pretty nice income for a few words and the subject matter covers many topics. I was fortunate to have my story “Traveler” published in What I Learned from the Dog. They’ve also not accepted three other stories I sent them. (They do not reject an article, which is nice, even though it means the same when they fail to publish it.) But you know the old saying, never give up, so I’m working on a story for a future book.
They have a call out for two subjects: "Devotional Stories for Wives" and "Miraculous Messages from Heaven 101 Stories of Eternal Love, Powerful Connections, and Divine Signs from Beyond." (These topics may be expired by now, but they add others continually.) See more at http://chickensoup.com. Select the Submit Your Story link on the left tool bar and follow the directions. It will show topics they’re interested in and how to submit.
This is a nice way to pick up extra cash. I’m crossing my fingers this time. They receive hundreds of submissions so it’s tough. But that’s a challenge and writers enjoy a challenge, right?