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Secret Writer's Business

Copyright: Cheryl Wright – All rights reserved


Every now and then, I get an email from a writer – the same writer each time. "What’s your secret?" she asks. "How do you sell so much of your work?"

Always the same question, always the same answer: There is no secret. You need to constantly hone your writing, come up with ideas, then submit, submit, submit!

On average, I send out AT LEAST three queries per week, sometimes three per day. It all depends on what I have on my plate at the time, but I am constantly submitting. If you don’t submit, how can you sell your work?

I usually have around ten or more queries out there in the big wide world at any given time. It is said, that on average, most writers receive one acceptance for every ten queries. Yikes!

Sure, your writing has to be good enough to publish, but that’s where honing your writing comes in. Practice makes perfect, or at the very least, better. If it doesn’t, why doesn’t it? If you get constant rejections and never any acceptances, again, ask yourself why?

Read between the lines, and read those rejection letters over and over. What is the editor really saying? For instance, I once had a rejection letter for one of my novels. I was sorely disappointed but on re-reading the letter for the fourth time, suddenly noticed how the editor had ended the letter. "If you have another manuscript in the future that you feel would be suitable for us, I would be interested in taking a look."

Hmmm, I hadn’t seen that line in the three previous readings. And I didn’t even need to read between the lines in this instance. What the editor was saying is that she liked my writing, my style and voice, but that particular story did not suit their current needs.

Keep your eyes open, and constantly look for appropriate markets. One way to find new markets is reading articles written by other writers. Check their bio – where have they been published? Would any of those markets be suitable for you? Search the internet, find the publisher’s guidelines and find out.

And no matter what, grow as a writer. If your writing is not improving, you need to ask yourself why not, and do something about it. It may just be a matter of reading some how-to books, or you may need to take a class or a number of workshops. There are endless free or near-to free writing workshops on the Internet.

Find yourself a writing buddy; someone who is either at your level, or slightly above your level. You will help each other while at the same time, improve your writing skills.

There is no ‘secret’ to writing. Just do it. Find suitable markets. Query. Submit. Get published!


About the author: Cheryl Wright is an award-winning Australian author and freelance journalist. In addition to an array of other projects, she is the owner of the Writer2Writer.com website and the Writer to Writer monthly ezine for writers.  Her publications include novels, non-fiction books, short stories, and articles. To keep up to date with her publications and new releases, visit Cheryl’s website www.cheryl-wright.com




         Last updated: August 04, 2008