So, you wanna be a writer?
I have three pieces of advice I give to every writer who wants to be published.
1 – You need to keep working at the craft of writing and doing a lot of it. Even multi-published, award winning authors are always trying to learn. Make growing as a writer a habit.
2 – Pick up a copy of one or all of these:
- Christian Writers Market Guide
- The Writer’s Market Guide (mainstream)
- Children’s Writers and Illustrators Market
You can buy all of these at Barnes and Noble or Amazon. These books give you a current listing of publishers, genres, and contact information. You can look up your genre and find a list of publishers looking for the kinds of things you write. You’ll want to double check at the publisher and agency websites though, to be sure you get the most up-to-date information.
3 – Then it’s time to make a real investment. Attend a writers conference. Nothing will move you ahead faster in this business than attending a conference because this is where you learn the ropes about submitting proposals, learn about the current industry trends, and meet editors face to face. Most successful writers will tell you that they got their first break in publishing at a writers conference.
I love working with writers of all ages! Check out:
intensives & workshops for 18+ (coming soon)
Christian Writing Conferences
If you want to write for kids or teens, then join Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators and attend their conferences as well. They hold both national and regional conferences.
Books Every Writer Should Own
The Elements of Grammar (Margaret Shertzer)
The Elements of Style (Strunk & White)
How to Write Irresistible Query Letters (Lisa Collier Cool)
Plot & Structure (James Scott Bell)
Self-Editing for Fiction Writers (Browne & King)
Story (Robert McKee)
The Hollywood Standard (Chris Riley)