You’ve written a novel and you want to get it published, but you don’t have an agent and you can’t find a publisher who will accept a manuscript from an un-agented author. What are you supposed to do? You could self-publish, but if that’s not the way you want to go here’s a solution: build your writing portfolio. Here’s where to start:
If you can’t afford to buy the latest version of the WRITER’S MARKET, go to the library and stop at the resource desk. Ask them for the current issue. They’ll let you use the book in the library, but it can’t be checked out. Last year’s version can be checked out, but last year’s version doesn’t have current information. A new version of this book comes out every year. 2013 isn’t out yet, but you can pre-order it at AMAZON here.
Here’s a brief overview of what you can expect to find in this book:
- Places to pitch–magazines, journals, greeting card publishers, book publishers, screenwriting, newspapers, playwriting
- How to write a query
- Building a platform
- Submission tracker examples
- Where to submit for which genres
- How much the magazine pays
- What publishers are looking for
- Publishers preferred method of submission
- If they accept un-agented submissions
- Finding internet work
- Contract negotiations
Where do you start?
- Search what you know. What’s your expertise? Study this guide book for places that are looking for articles you can write based on your knowledge.
- Pitch your ideas, submitting them the preferred way, specifically to the editor’s name listed.
- Enter contests.
- Keep track of your submissions.
- Think of building your resume. In which genre or niche market do you want to be known as a professional?
- Set goals and target a certain number of submissions a day/week until you get the results you’re looking for and the credentials that will make you look like a writer.