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  • 1. THE WORLD OF PUBLISHING Creative Writing

2. THE GENERAL PROCEDURE 3. Every publisher is different.

  • There are still general steps that are usually followed:
    • #1:Review
    • #2:Production
    • #3: Marketing 4. SUGGESTIONS 5. Read. And Read. Then read some more.

  • Young writers tend not to read. Especially poetry. Its a big mistake.
  • Youll never develop your writing skills if you dont immerse yourself in reading writing of all kinds. 6. Know what you write.

  • And what you write best.
  • Ideally, you should be experimenting with all kinds of forms.
  • You probably feel comfortable with some more than others.
  • Where is your voice most natural?
  • Submit there! 7. Learn the biz.

  • Theres a right way to go about submitting writing.
  • Learn all you can by reading writing-related books and magazines.
  • Surf the net for markets for your writing. 8. Research your markets.

  • Gather names, addresses, figures, editorial preferences, and other pertinent information all in one place.
  • Read their publication to see what theyre publishing.
  • Check out writing samples andguidelines . If its not online, send for guidelines! Consider this inside information! 9. Start slowly.

  • As tempting as it may be to send your work straight toThe New Yorker , try to adopt a more modest approach.
  • Good resources for writers at any stage:
    • Poets & Writers(published bimonthly)
    • Writers Digest (8 issues/year)
    • The Markets (published yearly)
      • Poets Market
      • Writer's Market
      • Novel And Short Story Writer's Market
      • Children's Writer's And Illustrator's Market

10. Be professional!

  • Make it show in your very first submission, from the way you prepare your manuscript to your attitude in communication with the editors.
  • Follow guidelines.
  • Submit a polished manuscript.
  • Choose works carefully with editors needs in mind.
  • Alwaysinclude a SASE.
    • Shows respect for editor and yourself.

11. Format

  • Do not submit handwritten poems, unless the publisher indicates that this is OK.
  • Typed, 8.5x11 paper, 1+ margins, traditional font
  • Use a heading.

12. Heading

  • Heather Mundy
  • 3330 Seneca Street
  • West Seneca, NY 14224
  • (716)677-3350
  • {6 lines until title)
  • Title
  • {2 lines}
  • Start of piece

13. Other standards

  • Double space between stanzas.
  • One piece per page.
  • For pieces longer than one page, type your name in the upper left-hand corner.

14. Submitting by e-mail

  • In most cases, include your piece in the body of an e-mail.
    • Avoid software issues.
    • Avoid spreading viruses.
  • Other editors prefer attachments. 15. Cover Letter

  • Your introduction to the editor
  • Discusses yourself and your work
  • Check guidelines to see if it is required; best to send one if it is preferred 16. Keep track of your submissions.

  • Do not send out the only copies of your work.
  • Keep hard copies.
  • Establish a tracking system. 17. Learn from rejection

  • A rejection slip is not a permission slip to doubt yourself, condemn your writing, or to give up.
  • If the editor comments on your work, feel lucky (theyre busy!), and pay attention to what they have said. Consider their feedback with an open mind.
  • Try again! 18. Be careful and leery of anthologies.

  • The anthologies will cost you (often a lot of) money, and the quality of the work in them is usually disappointing.
  • Weird, false promises.
  • Dont let your desire to be published allow you to fall into a trap youll regret.