Since I’m a published author and a writing coach, people are always asking me, “How do I get published?”
Well, the good news is, there are many ways to become a published writer.
You just need to learn a few tricks of the trade to make it happen sooner rather than later.
Don’t Rely Solely on Print Publications
If you want to be published immediately and you aren’t set on print publications (like magazines or other periodicals) or payment, offer to be a guest blogger for a popular blog centered around a topic you know something about.
Guest blogging for a popular site is a good way to gain immediate publication.
If it’s a commercial site, your post can also make a nice publication credit.
Just print out a copy of the page that featured your post and be sure to capture the URL for your post.
Start with a No-Pay or Low-Pay Print Publication
If you want to write for print publications, start with a no-pay or low-pay market.
Many of these will be for small, local and/or regional publications – tabloid type papers, newsletters, and magazines that serve your neighborhood, town, city, or region.
Even though you’ll earn little or no payment with these publications, you’ll still gain your first publication credit.
Plus, you’ll gain some experience working with an editor.
Find Someone to Get Your Work Published for You
If you’ve written a novel or a nonfiction book and you want to have it published by a traditional publisher, there are several ways to do that.
First, look for an agent, even though it’s usually just as difficult to secure an agent as it is to find a publisher.
Still, a good agent knows the markets better than you do and can often get your manuscript read by editors who don’t respond to individual authors.
But if you don’t wish to search for an agent, try querying publishers directly yourself.
You can try two different methods.
The first method is one NY Times bestselling author Bob Mayer recommends in his book Warrior Writer: From Writer to Published Author because he says it saves time in the long run.
Simply submit a query to as many publishers as you can think of.
The publishers who aren’t right for your manuscript will just reject your query.
But, the right publishers may ask to see your manuscript, so you don’t have anything to lose by submitting to many publishers at once.
The second method is to research the markets.
Find publishers who tend to publish the type of book you’ve written.
Then submit a query to these publishers only.
Get a current Writers Market Guide and look at the lists of publishers to see which ones might be right for your manuscript.
Better yet, go online to see these publishers’ current catalogs to learn more about the specific books they’ve recently published.
This will help you decide whether or not your book would fit in with their lists.
Find Out What People Want Written
If you haven’t written anything yet that you’d like to see published – you simply want to write something that will be published – visit any of the online job boards and search the “jobs for writers” ads.
A few to try are:
Subscribe to their Free newsletter called Morning Coffee (just scroll down the homepage and you’ll see how to sign up for this and you can read the current issue.
It’s packed with freelance job listings every Monday.
Look at the left sidebar for the different pages of job listings.
They have freelance writing jobs, online writing jobs, etc.
Click on “find a job” and you’ll get to a page that shows you how to view all the listings.
This is updated every day. Scroll down the page to see the list of jobs for the day!
Publish Where Your Work Can Be Reprinted
Again, if you aren’t concerned with print publications or payment, you simply want to see your byline somewhere, try writing short articles for online article directories like www.ezinearticles.com, articlesbase.com,goarticles.com, and associatedcontent.com.
If you write a great article, it will be picked up for use on a website, blog, or in a newsletter.
You can create a google alert with the title of your article.
Just go to www.google.com/alert.
That way, when someone uses your article online you’ll get an email with a link to that site.
You can visit that site and make a copy of your article for your clips file.
You Can Get Published
As you can tell, if you really want to get published, there’s nothing stopping you, so just get started.
One of these methods will surely work for you!
To Your Success,
The Working Writer’s Coach
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