Become a Published Writer: A Step-by-Step Guide to Getting Published

Do you want to become a published writer, author, or freelancer? Buy The Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Published and get the tools you need to achieve your writing goals.
Author:
Publish date:

Do you want to become a published writer? No matter what your specific writing goals are, chances are that getting published is one of them. While getting published may seem challenging, the good news is that we have a special kit devoted to publishing for writers like you who aspire to have your work published someday.

getting published | step-by-step guide to publishing

The Step-By-Step Guide to Publishing

For the month of June only, we are offering an exclusive kit, The Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Published. Available in limited quantities, this kit guides you through the traditional publishing process from start to finish. For maximum benefit, we recommend using these products in order.

Step One: Do Your Research

The first step within the traditional publishing process is to do your research. This involves learning everything you can about finding a literary agent, knowing how to write a query letter, and how to protect yourself and your work. Chuck Sambuchino (editor of Guide to Literary Agents), teaches you to find a literary agent and what they look for in an online webinar, Everything You Need to Know About Getting an Agent: Queries, Synopses, Copyright, and More.

Step Two: Find the Best Markets For Your Writing

Once you know how to find an agent and write a query letter, your next task is to listen to Identify the Right Markets for Your Work, an instructional video wherein Robert Lee Brewer (editor of Writer’s Market) and Alice Pope (former editor of Children’s Writer’s & Illustrators Market) explain how to find the best markets for your writing.

Step Three: Learn the Business of Writing & How to Succeed

When you read the Writer's Market Guide to Getting Published, you'll explore the business side of writing. Not only will you gain insight into trends within the publishing industry, but you'll also learn strategies for marketing and pricing your work and tips on negotiating a contract.

Step Four: Learn How to Write a Query Letter

One of the most challenging steps within the publishing process is writing a query letter, which is why we recommend reading The Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters by Wendy-Burt Thomas. She gives great tips on how to write and format a query letter, and shares examples of query letters for articles, fiction novels, and nonfiction books.

Step Five: Get a Writing Critique

Now you know about the importance of query letters, it's time to practice and write one of your own. If you need to, refer to The Writer’s Digest Guide to Query Letters. Once you have written a query letter, it's time to get a 2nd Draft Query Letter Critique. A professional editor will critique your one-page query letter and give you specific suggestions on what does and doesn't work. Take their suggestions, revise accordingly, and submit a flawless query letter to an agent or editor!

Step Six: Read Writer's Market & Learn How to Get Published

Now that you have a perfect query letter written, it's time to figure out what editors or agents you'd like to submit your work or ideas to. The best way to do this is to grab an copy of the 2012 Writer's Market. Inside the book, you'll find listings for literary agents, book publishers, consumer and trade magazines, and writing contests. Plus, you'll get access to bonus materials like the Writer's Yearbook and an exclusive online webinar on building an author platform.

Step Seven: How to Get Published, Market, and Sell Your Writing

Now that you've gotten a insight into the publishing process, it's time to submit your work. One of the best ways to do this, is with WritersMarket.com, which is why we've included the Complete WritersMarket.com 1-Year Subscription. With your subscription, you will get complete access to thousands of listings for publishers, magazines, and writing contests, up-to-date publishing news, and articles with advice from media pros. No matter what niche of writing you’re interested in, you’ll find the specific information you’re looking for.

Find Success & Get Published!

One of the best ways to ensure your own success is to take your craft seriously and learn all you can about writing and publishing. If you equip yourself with The Step-By-Step Guide to Publishing, and take advantage of the essential information and knowledge from each product, you'll be on your way to achieving your goals and getting published!

Buy The Step-By-Step Guide to Getting Published now!

Want more? Get More! - How to Publish a Book: 7 Tips From the Pros

Want more information on how to get published? Read more writing-related articles on:

Read more editor's picks.

Amir

The “Secret Sauce” Necessary to Succeed at a 30-Day Writing Challenge

In this article, author and writing coach Nina Amir lays out her top tips to master your mindset and complete a 30-day writing challenge.

Kane2

Crashing Into New Worlds: Writing About the Unfamiliar

Award-winning crime author Stephanie Kane explains how she builds characters unlike herself and navigates their worlds to create vivid and realistic stories.

plot_twist_story_prompts_without_a_trace_robert_lee_brewer

Plot Twist Story Prompts: Without a Trace

Every good story needs a nice (or not so nice) turn or two to keep it interesting. This week, have a character leave without a trace.

WDVintage_10_29

Vintage WD: The Truth about True Crime

In this article from July 2000, true crime novelist and former New York Times correspondent Lisa Beth Pulitzer shares with us some key insights for breaking into the true crime genre.

new_agent_alert_barb_roose_books_such_literary_services_adult_christian_fiction_and_nonfiction

New Agent Alert: Barb Roose of Books & Such Literary Management

New literary agent alerts (with this spotlight featuring Barb Roose of Books & Such Literary Management) are golden opportunities for new writers because each one is a literary agent who is likely building his or her client list.

Grinnell_10:28

Evoking Emotion in Fiction: Seven Pragmatic Ways to Make Readers Give a Damn

Evoking emotion on the page begins with the man or woman at the keyboard. Dustin Grinnell serves up seven straightforward tactics for writing tear-jerking stories that make your readers empathize with your characters.

Poetry Prompt

Wednesday Poetry Prompts: 546

Every Wednesday, Robert Lee Brewer shares a prompt and an example poem to get things started on the Poetic Asides blog. This week, write a spooky poem.

Richard_Shadowlands

Learn Better World-Building Strategies Through World of Warcraft and the New Shadowlands Expansion

WD editor and fantasy writer Moriah Richard shares five unique ways in which writers can use World of Warcraft to better build their worlds—without playing the game.