Getting Published

Ah, there's the rub. You can't get clips without being published, but you can't get published without clips. Actually, it's not so bad.

When you are first starting out, I advocate hitting smaller publications while at the same time, knocking on the doors of some larger outfits, as well. It never hurts. The worst they can do is say no...or, as is the case in this business all too often, nothing...and you are no worse off than you would be had you not asked.

Consider sending queries to:

  • High School and College Alumnae Publications
  • Regional Magazines
  • Op/Ed Pieces and Personal Essays in Newspapers and Magazines
  • Shorts in Mid-Size and Larger Publications
  • Neighborhood and Local Association Newsletters
  • Business Trade Publications

Publications are always on the lookout for good, reliable writers. They can't exist without them. But the key word here is, "good." Editors have an arsenal of cocktail party conversation about flaky writers who were given assignments and just didn't complete them; or, who just didn't turn in what the editor was looking for. It seems like a no-brainer, but if you are smart, dependable and easy to work with, editors will keep you on their speed dial.

Good luck starting your writing career!



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