1. Discover what you’re good at, what makes you unique.
- Find an audience (your focus group).
- Think about how you can expand upon it.
2. Do market research. (How do magazines/publishers make their money?)
- Writer’s guides (Internet)
- Advertising Rates & Data (demographics available at every library)
- Publisher catalogs
3. Position your writing (in terms of audience) or yourself.
- Have an organized way of communicating this (do a spread sheet of who you are sending where)
- Evaluate results and reward your success.
A Few Extra Hints
- Treat getting published as part of the creative process
- Look for back doors (get to know people)
- Go to readings and make contact
- Have a writing marketing partner
- Go public with your effort
- Help someone else get published
- How To Get Happily Published, Judith Appelbaum, HarperPereneal (1992)
- The Self-Publishing Manual, Dan Poynter, Para Publishing (1996)
- Guide To Literary Agents, Donya Dickerson, Writer’s Digest Books (1999)
- Novel & Short Story Writer’s Market, Barbara Kuroff, Writer’s Digest (1999)
- Be Your Own Literary Agent, Martin P. Levin, Ten Speed Press (1995)
- How To Write A Book Proposal, Michael Larsen, Writer’s Digest (1985)
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