From Writer’s Living: Bruce Holland Rogers Successfully Sells Short Stories by Monica Carter Tagore
Award-winning writer Bruce Holland Rogers has done what many short story writers aspire to do — make money selling short stories. Rogers has lived in Europe and the U.S., sharing his creative works with fans all over the world, including the U.S., the Netherlands, India, Mexico, Spain, South Africa, and China. His honors include the 2012 Micro Award, two World Fantasy awards, two Nebula awards, and an Edgar Allan Poe Award nomination. Here, he talks about how he turned his creative ability into income.
WL: You’ve lived in London and now Oregon but have fans all over the world. How did you get fans in far-flung places?
Rogers: Part of that was through conventional publishing, having my work appear in magazines and books as translations. But I find that the most effective audience building is personal, that readers often take the strongest interest in writers they have actually met, so traveling to literary festivals and conferences has also had a great impact.
Especially for independent writers, I think that giving readings and lectures or workshops is possibly more important than print publicity.
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