Is the new Amazon Shorts market a good prospect for budding short story writers?
“I have a plus/minus feeling about the program,” Morrell says. “On the plus side, it’s a new way to be published, with potential for a new readership. There aren’t many markets for short stories. A new one is welcome, and Amazon has links that help readers find the stories. Eventually, readers might go to other work by a writer they sampled in the Shorts program. On the minus side, while the royalty rate is wonderful, the actual money received tends to be minimal. In addition, many anthologies won’t accept stories if they’ve been published anywhere else, including Amazon, so the secondary market for an Amazon Short can be limited.”
I’m holding off for now. There are a lot of other new internet-based, paying short story markets and anthologies.