Above all, read. Read lots. Read widely. And write.
Check out these links:
- if you need help getting inspired and staying organized
- for ideas to prime your writing pump
- for some “rules for writers” by some good ones
- for more of my tips on writing
Okay, suppose I’ve done that and I’m sure I’ve got something that will rise to the top of the hundreds, or even thousands, of other manuscripts in a publisher’s slush pile?
If you’re sure you’re ready for the heartbreak of rejection, there are lots of lists of publishers available and guidelines for submitting to them. You might start with Places for Writers. But be prepared for the fact that it takes a lot of patience and persistence – both to write the best story you’re capable of and to find an audience for your work.
Listen to this audio podcast to hear about my journey to becoming a writer and advice to aspiring writers.