how to get published

December 10, 2010

This is probably one of the most frequently asked questions I get.  One of these days when I get a little time, I want to do up a whole Publishing FAQ page on my website that I can just point people to.  The page will mostly be links, because lots and lots of other people have written eloquently on the topic.  In fact, I’ve seen two good blog posts this week alone.

How to Get Published, on Making Light

Everything you Need to Know to Be a Fiction Writer, by Jeff VanderMeer

I agree with both of them.

And if all this sounds like a helluva lot of work…you’d be right.  Here’s the thing, though — most writers I know don’t do the work because they want to be writers.  They do the work because they love the work. If you don’t love books and have stacks of them around your house, if you don’t love stories of all kinds, if you don’t love the very words they’re written with and pick them apart to see what makes them tick, if you aren’t fascinated by the way all these things work, if the thought of writing a second book before the first sells fills you with dread instead of a sense of excitement — then you probably aren’t cut out to be a writer.

2 Responses to “how to get published”

  1. Markysan Says:

    Just saw a video of R.A. Salvatore telling people ‘If you CAN quit, then quit. You’re not a writer.’

  2. carriev Says:

    Yeah — a lot of people say that as a joke but it’s really not.

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