Wednesday, May 04, 2005

I wrote something, now I want to publish it

Hey. You wrote something. That's great. You think it's worth publishing. That's even better. But where to start? What to do?

Don't panic. It's really easy. Much easier than you think. Not to get published that is, but to reach editors.

First, classify what it is you've written. A novel, non-fiction book, short story, article, personal essay... etc.
The next step is to find the right market. Well, the www is your best pal. Many sites list many markets. For example has an excellent database of magazines and journals which you can search. Another example is Writers Write extensive guideline database.

So now you have access to markets and guidelines. Hold it right there. Don't start group emails or anything of the sort. Remember my Help!!! Queries!!! post? If not, go over it. Most important is to read the guidelines carefully and follow them to the letter.

You sent your piece of genius writing to a market? Don't think you can rest. Few things you need to do:
    1. Track your submissions
    2. Write more
    3. Write more
    4. Write more

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