Write To Sell.
Have you been submitting religiously, but still not getting many acceptances?
It happens to the best of us but there are some steps that you can take to up your chances of acceptance no matter what you write:
1. Keep An Idea Notebook
Many, but not all, writer’s have an idea notebook. A place to scribble random ideas that they may or may not use and different approaches they can take. Ideas can hit at any time of the day or night. You may not have your notebook with you all the time, but jot ideas down on whatever you can so that you don’t lose them. As soon as you are able, put those ideas into your notebook. This notebook will be a treasure-trove for future pieces. An idea you might not want to use today, might be most interesting to you in 6 months. Never brush off an idea.
2. Find A Market
So, you have your great idea and you want to get started on it right away. Stop! Are you sure that your idea has a place to go once it is finished? If you don’t already have one, now is the time to create a guidelines folder on your computer or in a binder. A place that is organized by genre, that you can refer to quickly when you need a market. Whenever you find a new market, whether you think it’s useful to you or not, save it. You just never know, and why waste time later trying to find it again? So, does your piece have a market? Two or three possibilities is even better, you need backups just in case. If you don’t have any markets on hand you have two options; spend time looking for some or decide on another idea.
3. The Query Option
Some markets require queries. Other will take submissions or queries. Querying is a handy time saver. If you plan to write a thousand piece article, but aren’t sure whether it will sell, you may prefer to query with your idea before investing a lot of time into research and writing. The shorter the piece your are writing (such as a filler) the less likely you need to query. Although your query must be good in order to catch the interest of the editor, it won’t take nearly as much time to write.
4. Write Your Best
This seems like an obvious thing to do, but with e-mail making it so easy to submit work, we’re often too quick with the finger and send off work that may not be our best. Treat every piece of work as if you can’t take it back, because you can’t. Once it’s gone, it’s gone. Check for things like spelling, grammar and punctuation. Make the best impression you can on the editor. A good tip for self-editing is to write a piece and set it aside for a day or two and come back to it with fresh eyes. You see things a couple days later that you wouldn’t have noticed before, therefore leading to a better written piece.