5 Tips Every Writer Will Find
in Getting Published
By Mary Emma Allen
1. Be a "doer" as well as a dreamer and see
a project through to the end.
many people want to write but so many never do. They dream of the
many books they'll create but don't put the effort into completing
2. Have something to say and say it
Take time to plan your book; then write and
rewrite until you've produced something you're proud to show others.
3. Research your markets.
must know what publishers are looking for and what types of books
they are publishing before you can write [a good query letter] a
Then take the plunge and actually send it to an
4. Be willing to work with an editor and
Don't consider your manuscript perfect
even though you think it's good.
An editor usually has many excellent ideas and will
help you make your book more professional and marketable. By
cooperating with your editor, you'll usually be very pleased with
the results you've produced as a team.
5. Indicate a willingness to promote your
Nowadays, publishers are
looking for writers who will help publicize the book after it's
published. This may take the form of speaking to groups, teaching
classes, and attending book signings.
(This is an excerpt from a talk Mary Emma gives at
book signings and events.)
(c) 1997 Mary Emma
Mary Emma Allen is a columnist,
children's writer, travel writer, newsletter editor, and book
author. Her latest book is "When We Become the Parent to Our
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