13. Getting Published: Trial by Fire
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Your Work in Print
For most aspiring writers, the ultimate pot of gold at the end of that long rainbow is publication, seeing your work in print and your name in lights. (Lights? Well, maybe just your name in print.) It's not for everyone, of course. If your goal is simply to tell stories for your own pleasure, or perhaps to share only with friends, that's a worthy goal, too. Enjoy yourself. You probably don't need to read this chapter.
You may be in a middle group interested in publishing, but not necessarily professionally. If you're a student and want to submit to student publications, just read the section on manuscript preparation. After that, simply contact the publication and follow their submission instructions. Good luck!
If you're in the group hoping for professional publication, what follows is some basic information to get started with. Resources for Writers provides pointers to sources of more detailed information.
Everything that follows assumes that you have finished your story and revised it until it's as good as you're capable of making it.
Don't even think of submitting an unfinished piece for publication, or sending unpolished, unrevised work with a letter telling all about how you're going to fix it up. Don't.
Do think your story through carefully.
Do revise it to the best of your ability.
Do get feedback, if at all possible, from people whose opinions you trust.
Do take criticism into account as you consider your final revisions.
Then, if you're happy with it, do send it out to market.
Course content copyright © 2005 Jeffrey A. Carver