Isn’t it about time you were paid for your words?
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Writing for publication is a hard arena to gain access to. You need good writing skills and a thick skin.
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Tips for tough writing days
1. Remember your physical skin is strong – it really is. So too should your emotional skin be thick. Thick as!
2. Keep positive at all times. Don’t let rejection put you off. The editor or publisher has a difficult job, and today your writing didn’t fit his/her wish-list – but tomorrow, another well written proposal just might be the ticket. Keep pitching.
3. Maintain a broad contacts list of editors and publishers. And acknowledge them, be nice in your emails. They are human beings, not ogres, and they are probably stressed out.
4. Be prolific. If you want to write, then WRITE. Writing (ahem, not reading, researching or surfing the net!) is absolutely necessary, even if you resort to emails in times of distress 🙂
5. In between paid gigs, write for the Internet. Find blogs that interest you and write short pithy comments in the reply boxes at the bottom of posts that are helpful or entertaining. Always add a link to your own blog or website (you do have one, don’t you? I can help if you don’t) and leverage your writing platform so that you are visible to a wider audience.
6. Write a guest post for a blog or website that is within your range of interests. The beauty of this is that normally you are allowed to add a link to your own website/blog and request a short ‘bio’ as well. Make sure that the article consists of your own original work and hasn’t been published elsewhere. If it has been published in print or on the internet previously then obtain copyright permission from the original source, and be upfront about this with the website/blog owner you are writing for.
7. Hone your skill at writing short pithy Twitter feeds. And scour Twitter for topical issues that might form the basis of your next article or book.
8. A picture says a thousand words. If you have a digital camera, take photos to illustrate your articles. You may not use them, but at the very least they will prompt your memory and imagination.
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