If you have ever sat down and decided to write a book, story or even a technical article, you probably know that there is a lot involved in the entire process. You want to make sure that your work is flawless, but you don’t want to eliminate the essence, or “soul,” from it either. Even still, there are important parts of the writing process that always go unnoticed by the novice and even more advanced writers out there. In order to get your work published someday, you really need to bone up on your skills and have a solid understanding of what is expected of your work when editors and publishers take a look at it.
Always Spell-Check your Work
This is one of the biggest mistakes that many authors make, especially more renowned ones. Many people feel confident enough in their abilities as a writer to allow them to skip out when the time comes to check for proper spelling and grammar. This is always a bad idea, because no matter how great you are at what you do, you are human and prone to making mistakes. Even small mess-ups look bad in a manuscript, so don’t allow them to happen.
Enlist the Help of an Editor
This might not apply so much for those of you who prefer to write smaller poems and short stories. Even technical writers who thrive on writing small pieces might be able to edit their own work. Just remember that when you are working on those larger pieces like novels, novellas or an epic journalistic editorial, it is always a good idea to allow a fresh pair of eyes to look for mistakes. Hiring a professional editor can be expensive, but it will help you to take your work to the next level. Publishing houses know when someone has had their work professionally edited and they always appreciate it.
Know Where to Market Your Work
Writers constantly make the mistake of spamming publishers with their work before having a careful look at the other authors currently being published by the company. This is a huge mistake. If you send your work of Epic Fantasy to a house that only publishes literary pieces, you are not going to get very far. Always take the time to make sure that the place you choose to market your work to is in-line with the genre that you are writing.
Always Submit Your Best Work
So many writers out there are excited about getting their first piece published that many of them neglect to think about the quality of work they submit to publishers. Do not submit every single piece you write. Some of them might be better than others and it is up to you to know which pieces are the best ones. Those are the works that you want to market because those are the works that will make publishers stand up and take notice.
Regardless of your intent, it is always important to be very careful when getting into the business of writing for money professionally. While it is an art-form, writing is also a job and needs to be taken seriously. If you treat your craft with respect and do the best that you can, you will have a much greater chance of being noticed.