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« on: July 01, 2022, 07:37:48 am »

So, something I've been wanting to do for a while is run a blog where I can post both film reviews and short stories. I plan on making a proper Neocities site eventually, but I'd like to have a space where I can actually earn ad revenue for my work.

However, there's something that might be a huge problem: I want to write horror short stories. I've always loved horror and I can't imagine myself making stories for any other genre. I know that sounds small-minded, but it's true. My main concern, however, is that Google seems to only grant ad spaces to websites that are deemed "ad-friendly". I'm not sure what that means for me if I have stories involving violence and gore. Is there a way of getting around this? Or is there any other way I can get regularly paid for what I write?

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« Reply #1 on: July 01, 2022, 08:20:09 pm »

Relying on Google ad-sense may not be your best bet. You could look into other ad networks, or even selling your own ads privately; but a better option, in my opinion, is to look into publishing your stories in a magazine instead. A lot will pay you for first-publishing rights.

I have never looked into doing this for horror stories, but I quickly googled "horror short story magazine" and got quite a few results, including this list on Medium.

Getting accepted can be difficult though. I submitted a few times to sci fi and poetry magazines like Neo-opsis and Arc and was always rejected. Just remember that doesn't necessarily reflect the quality of your writing and not to be disparaged. You could be rejected for any number of reasons, like how much space they have available in the upcoming issue, the editor's personal taste, or maybe they prioritize known authors.

To address that last possible reason for rejection, you could try publishing somewhere for free at first. There are sites like Creepypasta or you could find a horror-themed wiki. Or, if you're a college/university student, it's very likely the English department has its own student magazine. Although I agree the concept of working for "exposure" suuuuuuucks, getting your name out there as an author can be an important first step.

There are a lot of hurdles, but if you're looking to make money from your writing I think it's better than the ad-based approach.

Oh, and if you do publish your stories anywhere, definitely let me know. I'd love to read them.
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« Reply #2 on: July 01, 2022, 10:10:12 pm »

~Moved to the Writers Corner as this seems to be more about blogging and getting paid for writing.

Everything Mambo said is great advice, I don't have much to add other than consider Patreon or Ko-Fi as payment sources! They both depend on you having an established fan base though; and they tend to rely on you doing extra work for your patrons but if that can fit into your plans that might be a great way to get some cash from your work :grin:

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