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Ten Most Important Things To Do To Get Published ©
by Juliet Burns

1. Write what you like to read

Do you love a sweeping Historical? Or a sexy, fast-paced contemporary? Or maybe an edge of your seat romantic suspense? How about vampires, ghosts, time travels or a romance on a new world? Whatever you enjoy reading, that’s probably what you’ll be best at writing.

2. Read what you want to write

Pick up newly released books in whatever genre/ line you are targeting and read as many as you can get your hands on. This will tell you what editors are buying. (Or at least what they were buying a year ago)

3. Join RWA®

Local chapter meetings help you to learn the craft. You will gain knowledge from speakers and members willing to share their experience. I also met my critique partner there. Her help has been invaluable. Not to mention the close friendship we’ve formed.

4. Join an online Writing Loop

I recommend FirstDraft@yahoogroups.com. This loop sends you 3-4 emails a day w/ links to articles on the craft of writing and the business of writing. I learned so much from this loop. And it’s FREE!!

5. Find a critique group

A good critique group brainstorms plots together and gives you informed feedback on your manuscript. A bad one can set you back years in your writing. Visit one for a trial basis before joining.

6. Write, Write, and Write some more

Write every day. The more you write, the better you get at it. Before you know it, you’ll have a completed manuscript.

7. Enter your manuscript in a writing contest

Most local RWA® chapters sponsor writing contests and the final judge is usually an editor or agent. It’s a good way to get your work before an editor, who might even request the full manuscript. Even if you don’t final, you get 3 great critiques, usually at least one from a published author.

8. Attend a conference

Workshops on the craft of writing, Spotlights on what publishers are looking for, networking with published authors, agents and editors. If you’ve completed your manuscript and polished it till it shines, you’re ready to pitch your baby to an editor or agent. Make an appointment and practice your one-sentence pitch.

9. Be Persistent!

You’ve heard the story of Stephen King and his 1000 rejections. This business is all about rejections. Don’t give up. Keep submitting your work and most important, keep writing!

10. Keep Writing and Reading

Did I mention you need to keep writing? And keep reading. The market changes, trends come and go, but good writing will always sell, and reading a really good author makes your writing better.

LIST OF RECOMMENDED BOOKS FOR WRITERS:

1. GOAL, MOTIVATION & CONFLICT—The building blocks of Good Fiction by Debra Dixon www.gryphonbooks.com
2. THE COMPLETE WRITERS GUIDE TO HEROES AND HEROINES –Sixteen Master Archetypes by Tami D. Cowden, Caro LaFever, Sue Viders
3. TECHNIGUES OF THE SELLING WRITER by Dwight V. Swain
4. THE WRITER’S DIGEST GUIDE TO MANUSCRIPT FORMATS byDian Dincin Buchman & Seli Groves
5. HOW TO WRITE ROMANCES by Phyllis Taylor Pianka
6. BIRD BY BIRD: Some Instructions on Writing and Life by Anne Lamott

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