I have published 18 articles and poems since May and this is what I learned.
- Put yourself out there. No one is going to find you in your basement apartment behind your bong or under the beer cans you should be recycling.
- Write! Write as often as you can, when you can and where you can. I don’t care if it is in the can or on the can. Write on your gay friend’s white bare ass for all I care. Write, write and then rewrite.
- Know your weaknesses. Work on making them better or at least try to avoid them.
- Demand honesty! You are not going to get the truth from your mom or your girlfriend. They love you and do not wish to crush your dreams. Well at least your mom loves you. I hope.
- Deal with it! You’re not Hemingway or James Joyce.
- Know who you are! Make no apologies and find like minded people.
- Read! Read the classics. They are classics for a reason. Read the greats in your genre.
- Market yourself. Face the fact that you are a word whore and a pimp all rolled into one. Shake your money maker Biotch!
- Get a website or a blog and update it. So I don’t follow some of my own advice…sue me!
- Write! Write,write and rewrite!
- Find writers! Get them in your corner and bounce ideas off of them. Let them proofread your work and listen to them. You do not need their approval just their skills.
- Write! Write, write and rewrite.
- Don’t forget! The pen is mightier than the sword. You are a mighty word throwing thug. Now go out and kick some ass.
8 thoughts on “Getting Published”
Great post and advice, Tom. I couldn’t agree me. And congrats on all the published articles/poems!
I forgot to include abusing words like can, can and can. I know I can and so can you!
Couldn’t agree MORE. Grrr. Hate autocorrect.
And thanks for the congrats!
Good advice, although worded a bit differently than I would have worded some of them. 🙂 But you already knew that. You know you already have congratulations from me but congratulations again.
Thank you so much. Did I word something differently?…not me! LOL.
That blog post might become your first classic. Good job.
I’ll take what I can get!