Writing to get published is an increasingly tough nut to crack – I’m speaking from a frustrating amount of experience here!
But there are some things I’ve found useful along the way –
* Research your market. Whether you write for women’s magazines, books for children or novels, each have their own requirements/guidelines. It’s best to follow these for a better chance at getting published.
* Keep sending your work out, though don’t send the same story to more than one place at a time. Enclose a covering letter addressed to the (named) editor. (Also in case of magazines include an SAE).
* Now you’ve done the preparation the hard bit begins – the waiting. Keep your fingers crossed and don’t get disheartened if your work comes back in a few months with a ‘No Thank you’. Unfortunately rejection is all part of the game. Just keep trying!