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How To Become A Published Writer
Writing is a very popular and satisfying occupation and around the world there are many writers desperate to become published. I know. I was one of them. For years I wrote and submitted stories and articles hoping for the breakthrough and to become published. Wedding">All were rejected - until one day I submitted an article to a new magazine that had just started publication in the area where I lived. The article was about a local historical figure.
To my delight the article was accepted. It was the breakthrough I needed and since then I have gone on to write much, both in the UK and for overseas markets.
However from this first acceptance I learned some valuable lessons and which have stood me - and can stand you - in good stead.
Think local. So many new writers aim for the better known magazines and publications but here the competition will be greatest and you will also be competing with professional and expert writers. With local publications you stand more chance of getting your material accepted and becoming published.
Write in areas that interest you. My first article was about a famous figure I much admired and I am sure my interest, knowledge and enthusiasm was apparent in my writing and helped get this – and follow up – articles accepted. Do not write in areas where you have no real interest, even though you may think there is a ready market. Most times you will be wasting your time and your aim is, after all, to become published. Also, in addition to considering local publications, special interest and hobby magazines are often eager to receive material from enthusiasts and these too are excellent markets to consider.
Keep a look out for new publications. Editors of new publications will be keen to build up a pool of writers and, just as my first writing success came from a magazine that had just started, I have also had further successes with other new magazines and newspapers. As the proverb goes, 'The early bird catches the worm,' and, with new publications, it is writers who make that early contact who stand greater chance of having material accepted.
Remember, think local, write on what genuinely interests you and keep a look out for new publications. If you follow this advice, your path to publication and becoming a published writer will be much easier.
I wish you good luck.
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