If you clicked this tab, you must be a writer. Congratulations! I get asked all the time how a writer can get published and believe me, I understand the dream! I’ve been there myself and one thing I can say is that this generation of writers is lucky. Virtually anyone who has an Internet connection and a desire to write has access to a wealth of how-to information. I’ll try to answer a few questions to get you started, but don’t be shy. Go out there and meet like-minded people. There is nothing better than being a part of a writing community who can challenge your abilities and inspire you to grow. Good luck!
HOW CAN I GET PUBLISHED?
If you have finished a manuscript that has been revised and edited, you should start with finding an agent. Writers Digest publishes a book called Writer’s Market every year that you can buy or check out at your library. It has a great list of agents, publishers, and exactly how to submit to them. Conferences are also good places to find an agent. Most writer’s conferences include at least one agent or editor appointment with their registration fee.
WILL YOU READ MY MANUSCRIPT FOR ME?
If you have a manuscript ready to be professionally edited, I highly recommend you hire a freelancer. I suggest Editor Amy (Amy Sue Nathan) or the Novel Doctor (Stephen Parolini). I have personal experience with Amy who also works with Writer’s Digest, and I have some published author friends who have used Stephen and I know he has a good reputation. I am sorry to say that I am unable to read manuscripts at this time, but read on to find out how you can become a better writer.
SHOULD I ATTEND WRITERS CONFERENCES?
Yes! Writing conferences are the best places for meeting other writers and learning all about writing and the biz. There are many out there and I’ve attended several. If you can’t attend a conference, check with your library or local college. Most have mini writing seminars or other events that writers find helpful.
SHOULD I JOIN A WRITING GROUP?
It’s a good idea. Some libraries have writing groups you can join, so check with them first. It’s also a good idea to join a bigger writing organization. Some good ones include Romance Writers of America, Mystery Writers of America, Women’s Fiction Writers Association, American Christian Fiction Writers, and if you live in the Rocky Mountain region, the Rocky Mountain Fiction Writers. In Wyoming, join Wyoming Writers, Inc.
HOW ELSE CAN I MEET OTHER WRITERS?
We are all over social media. Start by friending your favorite authors on Facebook, Twitter, etc. and they will no doubt be posting links to inspire their fellow and aspiring authors.
I DON’T KNOW IF I’M REALLY A WRITER, BUT I WANT TO TRY.
Go for it. You won’t know until you try. When it comes to writing, the only way to find out if you can write is to write. You also need to ask yourself what your goal is if you are going to be a writer. Do you want the self-satisfaction that comes with expressing yourself through an art form? Do you want to write a memoir for your grandkids? Or do you want to be published? Identifying the reason you want to write will help you decide how much of the above advice you want to take. Whatever you do, have fun with it.