Well, that is tough to give a simple answer, especially becaused I feel there isn’t one. I can only tell you my own experience. I am a beginner as well. I have sent off a few different pieces to both locally and nationally. I was published in a local business magazine I heard about from a friend who used to work for them. I just sent in a request for an article and a writing sample(which was not a published piece). It was not exactly the type of writing I dream of doing as a career but it got my foot in the door so to speak and now I have a few clips to send to larger publications if they request them.