|For more on getting published, check out the WD
Squidoo page on How to Get Published.
That said, there are three tips that will significantly improve any writer's chances of getting published, whether they're writing a book, magazine article, or blog post.
- Figure out query letters. I actually wrote a piece on query letters for a Squidoo page put together by the Writer's Digest team on how to get published. For me, the most important elements are focusing your pitch, keeping it concise, and sending it to the right person--all without raising red flags on yourself.
- Build a writing platform. Whether you're self-publishing your work or find traditional publication is a better fit, writers in the 21st Century need a platform to find their audience. There are many ways to build a writing platform--and not all of them involve social media (believe it or not).
- Be motivated. All the talent in the world is not going to write your manuscript for you or pitch agents for you or keep records (of submissions, payments, deadlines, etc.) for you. All the hard work of being a successful writer, whether freelance, staff, or self-published, comes from being motivated. If you need to, listen to this song (just don't watch the video, because it's kind of goofy) whenever your motivation starts to dip.
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