Do short stories sell, and can make you some quick cash on places like Amazon, Barnes & Noble and iBooks (among others)?
Let’s get right to my answer. Since we are friends here, I’m going to tell you the truth. They do, but certainly not to the extent that novels and longer works do.
Recently well-known author Dean Wesley Smith wrote about a plan about making a living writing short fiction. According to his plan, if an author was to write 50 short stories per year (averaging one short story per week), bundle them into 5 & 10 story collections, and continue doing that for five years – by the end of the five-year period, you’d have a nice passive income of approx $40,000 a year from then on.