Whether you write novels, short stories, non-fiction or poetry, your goal could be publication. If it is, you’ll experience the long journey of seeking an agent and securing a publishing deal. There are some great ways to get your writing out there in the mean time and, if successful, could provide you with some accreditation to pop in your query letters. Take a peek at the examples below:
Publish some work online
It’s tough to find the courage, but sharing your work online is a great way to get used to receiving feedback and showing your work to the world. Avoid sharing work you’re trying to get published traditionally. But even if you are seeking a traditional route, you can still share other work online. Snippets of novels, short stories or poems can be published onto a blog, social media account or website in order to showcase your work. As well as being a rewarding process, it could end up getting you noticed by acting as an online portfolio.
Submit to magazines/online publications
There are magazines, newspapers and online publications seeking contribution from writers. Depending on what you write, do some research into publications that seek the kind of work you’ve got or enjoy writing. Although some places offer payment, be prepared to offer your work for no fee. Remember, if you’re successful the publication is a great confirmation of your skills as a writer. It’ll help build your confidence, but is also an experience you can put on your writer’s CV to share with potential agents/publishers.
Competitions are another way to seek validation of your work, to help your query letters stand out. Even becoming a finalist in a writing competition proves your work was noticed and stood out amongst a sea of entries. Prizes in writing competitions range from mentoring/editorial advice to publication/prize money. It’s a great way to get noticed and something you can really shout about as an unpublished writer trying to get out there!
I’m hoping to enter some competitions and submit to some publications myself soon. Has anybody else tried this? What experiences do you have? Share your stories in the comments below.