By Leza O'Dowd
Copyright © 2008 by Leza O'Dowd, All Rights Reserved
Getting published is such and big and important part of writing for many
writers, and no matter how much or how little they write, they must at
least know the basics to achieve success. There are many different
strategies and guidelines for writing and there are many ideas and tips
that will help you increase your chances with prospective publishers.
Entire books on the subject have been written. All you need are a few
simple rules and you'll be revelling in success in no time. Here are
some publishing basics to help get you started.
First of all, you need to know what you're writing about. What are you
interested in? What are you excited or passionate about? What do you
enjoy writing about? Find out all you can and then get writing!
Keep writing no matter what! Practice makes perfect -- well, really
good. The more you write (try to do so every day), the easier it will
get to write those novels or articles you've had stored inside your
As always, check and re-check your work. Editors may overlook pieces
for simple grammatical errors. Read it aloud and make sure it's your
Be original. Especially for articles, editors look to freelancers for
new ideas and fresh approaches to familiar subjects.
Don't forget to read and write. Reading different publications
can give you a good idea of market trends, prevailing styles, suitable
formats, and the type of articles and stories each publishes.
It is always important to research the market you intend to write for
before you begin writing for it. Read the publication and get a
feel for its style. This will greatly increase your chances of being
Make good use of the resources available to you such as the
Australian Writers Market, Writers Marketplace, and the
Check submission details and follow them correctly. Everyone has
different submission guidelines. Some may want to be contacted first or
want a resume with the submission. Don't just send your work out
willy-nilly and hope it will be accepted. Do your best to follow
guidelines and you'll have a far better chance of being successful.
Make sure you're prepared to edit and revise if a submission is not
exactly what the publisher wants but still could fit their publication.
One way to sharpen your writing skills is to imitate your favourite
authors. It may very well give you a starting point or help you get
some words on a blank page.
Join a writers' group. Discussing your work and receiving encouragement
from fellow writers can be invaluable, especially when you get stuck.
There will always be someone who knows more than you who can help you
Finally, don't give up! Many first time writers feel so overwhelmed by
rejection that they give up. Rejection is part of writing. It can be
hard and disappointing but you can get published if you keep trying!