5 Steps To Start Getting Published TODAY


Hey there, friends! Today, we're talking about PUBLISHING!

If you want to get published one day, it's vital to have a platform.

How do you build your platform? You can get articles published online where people can read your writing, sign up for your email list, etc. All of this contributes to your platform. You're building your key audience.

So how can you start getting published TODAY and start building your platform?

Let's find out!

HERE ARE FIVE STEPS

After getting my first article published on The Rebelution a while back, my friend asked if I would make a post about how she could get published too.

This is a great question, and while it may seem scary, it really isn't all that bad. Of course, you work hard, but once you receive that email of acceptance, you know it was all worth it.

There are five major steps to getting an article published online, and that's what I'm going to bring you through today.

1. FIND A TOPIC

As a first step, you obviously have to decide what you want to write. Short stories? Articles? Poems?

Can't think a topic? Brainstorm and ask your family or friends for some ideas.

Next, who do you want to write for? Children? Teens? Adults? Christians? Non-believers? It's critical to know your audience beforehand because that will dramatically affect the way you write.

Don't start writing yet! There are a few other steps first.

2. FIND YOUR WEBSITE

Find a website that will potentially publish your writing.

I have personally submitted to Story Embers and The Rebelution, but have only been published on The Rebelution so far.

If you do some research, you can find other websites and magazines to write for as well. Some of them will even pay you for your work if they accept it!

Keep in mind that some sites cost money to submit to them; others don't.

Find a website that fits your audience. (For example, The Rebelution is geared toward Christian teens and young adults, so if you want to write for that audience, it's a good website to submit to!)

3. READ THE WEBSITE'S STATEMENT OF FAITH (IF THEY HAVE ONE)

Before you submit to a website, be sure to read their statement of faith (if they have one).

There are two major reasons for this.

  1. You don't want to contradict a website's statement of faith and get rejected because of that, so you'll want to read through the statement of faith carefully. (Story Embers' statement of faith is at the top of the submissions guidelines, for example.)
  2. Secondly, keep in mind that if you are published on the website, your name will be attached to that site, so be sure it holds the same beliefs as you do!

4. READ SOME OF THE PUBLISHED ARTICLES

Before you write your own article, you'll want to read through some of the articles that have been published on the website already. That way, you'll have a better idea of the type of articles they accept.

Every author will have his own voice, but try to figure out the style of writing the website publishes. Is it formal writing, or more informal?

5. WRITE, FOLLOW THE GUIDELINES, AND SUBMIT!

Now that you have an idea of what to write about and what the website would like to publish, create a small outline (even just a few notes to keep you on track) and write your piece. Get feedback from others too!

Once you've created something you're ready to submit, read through the website's submission guidelines and make sure you’ve followed all of them.

Then, take a deep breath and submit! (Some websites ask that you email it to them; others have a submission page on the website.)



So there you have it! Five steps to get you going on the road to publication!

Please keep in mind that even if you follow these steps, you are not guaranteed publication. I've been rejected a few times myself, and that's okay. Authors are accepted and rejected all of the time. It's just the way it goes. (And it makes the "acceptance" email so much more exciting!)

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(If you're interested in building your platform with blogging as well, here are a couple of posts to get you started!)


what about you?
Have you gotten anything published? Or would you like to be published soon? (It's a great 2020 goal!)

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