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. "Whats 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 dont 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 thats where
honing your writing comes in. Practice makes perfect, or
at the very least, better. If it doesnt, why
doesnt 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 hadnt
seen that line in the three previous readings. And
I didnt 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 publishers
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!
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