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READ—If you want to be a good writer you have to be a good reader. Read books in the genre you are interested in. Read the classics and the best sellers. Study them and learn from them.
LEARN ABOUT THE CRAFT OF WRITING—Read books on writing. Read books on how to write for publication and how to prepare proposals.
BUY A BOOK ON GRAMMAR—As you write, you will have many questions regarding rules of grammar and punctuation. Keep a grammar book by your side so that you can reference it quickly and not be distracted from your work.
JOIN CRITIQUE GROUPS—Share your work with other writers and learn from their feedback. Be open to suggestions and don’t take criticism personally. If you cannot handle constructive criticism, you may not want to be a writer.
HAVE YOUR WORK EDITED—Before submitting a manuscript for publication, have it edited and critiqued by a professional editor. If you have written a children’s story or poetry in rhythm and rhyme, then you can send it to me through the contact info on this website. I have a freelance editing service for children’s writers and poets. I work fast and promise to be fair. I edit and critique children’s picture books and poems. Many of the manuscripts I have edited have been published by major publishing houses.
ATTEND WRITERS’ CONFERENCES—This is a MUST! You will learn tons of good stuff, plus you will be able to meet with editors and agents. This is a way to get your work into the hands of a publisher. Yes, they are expensive but well worth the investment!
JOIN SCBWI—If you want to write for children, The Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators is an organization you need to join. SCBWI is a national organization with local chapters. To find out more, visit www.scbwi.org.
HAVE AN ONLINE PRESENCE–Publishers want their writers to be active with social media since it is a great marketing tool. You must have a website and a sizable Facebook following. Writing blogs is another way to create a social media presence.
In order to be a professional writer you have to be educated just like you would for any other career. Education is not cheap and it requires hard work and perseverance. If writing and publishing were easy, everyone would do it!