Research to Publish Tips

It’s a good idea to research publishers, magazines, and agents prior to submitting articles!

Here are some valuable resources for you to use to find “that” fit!

  1. Writer’s Market 2016: The Most Trusted Guide to Getting Published
    1. I bought this off Amazon when I took a writing class last fall.  It has been helpful in finding important information like:  Magazines that are likely to publish new and emerging writers; websites; Book Agents, Periodical publishers, Regional publications,  and Submission Guidelines (these are very important because you will need to follow specific guidelines in order to get published)  Prepare yourself for what a magazine wants!  I highlighted all the publishers that would be a good fit for me.  I placed them in my notebook and listed what their basic requirements are.  I also categorized them based on the subject matter I would submit.
  2. Writer for Hire: 101 Secrets to Freelance Success by Kelly James – Enger
    1. I read this book from Amazon Kindle.  This is a well-written book that is realistic and motivational.  This book reinforced what I learned in my online class about making money through writing.  Kelly gives really good basic information that beginners should know.
  3. Pinterest
    1. My site is WriteWhatMatters.  My board is A Writers Community.  It is dedicated to beginning writers and is updated daily.  It offers many useful links and tips that I think are beneficial!
    1.  I have several content curated newspapers I developed for beginning writers to access.
      1. The Beginning Writer Advice Daily
      2. The Writing for Magazines Daily
      3. The Writing Conferences 2016 Daily

Check these out!  You can subscribe to the Dailies at the website.  There are helpful articles everyday.

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Interesting Tips for Beginners

blog-625834_640Here are some things that I have learned as I work on building my platform:
  1. Where do I set up my blog?  Where will I have exposure?
    1.  I have a blog on Blogher called WriteWhatMatters.  I have had 2 articles go live so far.  These articles are different from my blog posts.  My most read post is “Declaration of Independence on Political Correctness.”  I have been with Blogher since November. I have not had a paid assignment yet.
  2. I have increased my visibility by tweeting and posting to my Writers Community Board on Pinterest (My site is also called WriteWhatMatters there!)
  3. I have subscribed to Writer’s Digest digitally.  This is a great magazine for beginning writers!
  4. I took an online course about making money by writing.  It was very informative.
  5. I have been researching magazines, authors, publishers, and agents. (More on the next post!)

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Researching magazines, authors, publishers, agents – This is important!


Smart Tips for Writers

This blog will focus on my journey in the world of writing and publishing.  I will provide short tips for you to take away as you make your pilgrimage as a writer.

I want to share this blog with those of you who are writing and want to work smarter.

It is important to me to bring value to you through giving you tips on what I have learned so far and let you know what I am doing as I progress.

Here’s a simple starter list for you:

  1. Keep a notebook on hand at all times (you never know when you’ll get an idea!)
  2. Get a copy of Strunk & White’s Elements of Style – read it!
  3. Ask yourself “What do I find myself reading? What do I like to write about?”
  4. You can visit my Pinterest Site WriteWhatMatters.  I developed a board called “A Writers Community” to help fellow writers.
  5. Keep everything you write!  You never know when you’ll want to use what you wrote!

I said I would keep it simple and so I’ve done!  It’s very easy to get distracted by all the information out there.