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Six Keys to Publishing Success
by Tequitia R. Andrews
Before becoming a freelance writer, I tried to
find success in other home businesses such as selling beauty products and party
plans. Although I wasnt very successful in those ventures, I learned a lot that
helped me in establishing my writing career. Here are six of the most valuable
tips I received:
1. Set Goals
When I joined a party plan business, one of the
first things I was asked to do was set some goals. How much time was I planning
to invest? How much money did I want to make? This same principle can apply to
your writing career. Decide if youre going to become a full-time or part-time
writer. Determine how much money youll need to make through your writing in
order to pay bills. Having a goal or set of goals in place gives your writing
career focus and a ruler to measure progress.
2. Ask For Help
In every home-based opportunity I encountered,
there were always people willing to answer my questions about the business at
any time. Joining a local writers group or attending a writers conference can
offer the same support. You can also find several writing communities online
that can help you on your path.
3. Believe In Yourself
Its nice to have the support of others in your
career, but the bottom line is that the road to publishing success can be lonely
and often filled with rejection. Be your own cheerleader on those days when your
mind draws a complete blank or you receive your 200th rejection letter. Believe
in yourself and believe in your work.
4. Be Serious About Your Business
Writing is a business. Be professional in all
your business interactions. For a writer this means having business cards and
letterheads, a separate phone line or voice mail, a separate checking account,
and an office or area to complete your work. It also means being disciplined in
a writing schedule, meeting deadlines, and applying good work ethics.
5. Remember Success Doesnt Come Easy
Writing a bestseller or winning a Pulitzer Prize
doesnt happen overnight. For some it may take years before you see any tangible
success in your career. Youre going to have to work hard and endure many
disappointments to get to where you want to go. Just when youre ready to throw
in the towel, youll get that acceptance letter or the call from that editor
offering you your dream opportunity. Be patient, your time will come.
6. Dont Just Talk About It, Do It!
You hear the adage all the time, but its true.
Being a writer, means writingeveryday. Put pen to paper or fingers to keyboard
and write. Even its writing a letter or journaling, its practice. And as they
say, "practice makes perfect." This is the most essential key to becoming a
published writer. Without it, the other keys are useless.
These words of wisdom from my former home-based
vocations have been extremely helpful in my efforts to become a published
writer. Follow these six simple tips and you will be on your way to publication
© Copyright 2003, Tequitia R. Andrews
Tequitia Andrews work has been published in All About Kids, Indy's Child, MainStreetMom.com, and CreativeHomemaking.com.
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