Get Published with Goals, Guidance and Persistence

You send me an Email. You tell me you’ve written over three hundred poems since you were 16 (in your teenage angst stage). You mention the novel you’ve completed and it’s really good (it really is!!!) and the novel-in-progress. You mention how the International Library of Poetry has published one of your poems. (But, whom haven’t they published?)

However, all your work is stored away, hidden from the public eye on a black little disk.

You have one mission: Getting published.

“How do I get published?” you finally question at the end of the Email.

At times, I ask myself the same question.

Is this mission impossible? To many, it seems that way. If you stick with me, I’ll make the publishing process slightly simpler.

On this mission, you’ll need three things: Goals, Guidance and Persistence.

An unmentioned New York City college (as well as other schools, I’m sure) offered a course on “How to Get Published.” Various bigwigs from major publishing houses in New York City were guest speakers on many occasions.

A writer friend of mine felt it would be a great opportunity to network and finally understand how to get her works published in magazines and various books. I was hesitant and suspicious of the course’s objectives, so I didn’t follow the friend’s lead. I was far from disappointed about my decision. You’ll soon discover why.

Getting published isn’t as hard as you think. But when you’re a beginning writer, getting published seems as difficult as James Bond jet-skiing along the River Thames with five barges heading his way.

As a beginning writer, I feel, the main priority should be getting your name out there in the public’s eye. Understand that, at times, you’ll have to accept the free issues instead of cash payment. Before you consider publishing, though, you should reassure yourself a rejection slip won’t lower your self-esteem and cause you to never pick up a pen or stroke another key at your keyboard. Hey, trust me, rejections happen to everyone!