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Margaret McGaffey Fisk,
Assistant Editor

Issue # 56
March/April 2010

Table of Contents

Seven Tips to Help You
on the Road to Publication

By Suzan L. Wiener

Copyright © 2010, Suzan L. Wiener, All Rights Reserved

Have you ever wondered how experienced writers got that way? It really isn't by chance. They learn their craft and know what they are doing. Below are tips that should help you get that most-welcomed acceptance letter and check. Hopefully, it will make your road to getting published a lot easier.

1. Writers have been told a rejection is just a stepping stone to getting published. To me, it is just a rejection. Keep writing and improving, and that will lead to an acceptance. Don't feel badly when you receive a rejection, because it just may mean your material wasn't what they needed. Studying the market where you submit will help you realize your dream.

2. Never submit your first draft, even if you think it is your best work. Save it for a few days, and then check it over again. You'll be amazed at how well you can edit it, making it much better.

3. If an editor suggests a change in your work after she accepts it, don't automatically say no. After all, the editor is the one paying you, and has a right to make the manuscript work for the publication's needs. If you insist on having it your way, like that fast-food restaurant, you will probably be working there someday. Unless their suggestion is outrageous, go along with it. It is definitely worthwhile.

4. Don't antagonize an editor with rude remarks about anything she writes to you. If the editor takes the time to call you, always be polite. You never know who the editor might know. Editors often talk about writers' ethics and can even recommend you to another editor.

5. If you have run out of ideas, listen to your friends, family and others you know. Often, a funny joke, cute anecdote, etc. will help you to glean ideas you wouldn't have thought of without their input.

6. Always check the latest guidelines. You can usually find them online, and it will save you money, time and effort. If you send in the same idea an editor has recently covered, it will be obious you don't know their publication. It will result in a rejection right away.

7. After an editor has published your work, always send her or him a thank you note. I find this to be courteous and they appreciate it. It's a great way to let them know you are a friendly writer. They are people too, and want to work with good writers. You may not hear from the editor, but when it comes time to choose between two manuscripts that are equally good, guess who's work the editor will no doubt accept?

Remember, that this saying "A quitter never wins and a winner never quits," really applies to writers because perseverance is the key to getting published. Following the above seven tips will help speed your way into getting your first acceptance. #

Words like winter snowflakes
-- Homer, The Iliad