|Posted on April 22, 2017 at 5:20 PM|
I've often been asked how I got started in writing and it's simple. I submitted a story and it got accepted. That was the beginning. There seems to be a "rumor" out there that you have to be published to be published. Frankly, I don't know who made that up, but I've heard it over and over again at writer's conferences and it's simply not true.
Here's the truth: If you're a good writer, an editor will take notice (whether you've been published before or not). If you're trying to build your portfolio, then start a blog, offer to write a newsletter for your favorite organization, and submit something to your local newspaper. It doesn't have to be the New York Times!
One trend I do see with more publishers is the marketing aspect. Some say that 80% of writing is marketing; yes, it is true. But I personally have never felt the need because I write for niche markes. That being said, the minimum that you should have is: a blog, website, twitter handle Other options are a podcast, Instagram account, and Facebook.
The old saying that great writing will get you in the door and marketing will push you through is more relevant today than it was ten years ago.
Keep writing, keep submitting, and never give up!