Publishing Your Writing

Jennifer Bonn

Some of the best writing advice I have heard was to create a writer’s footprint by publishing often and making sure that your name was easily found as a writer. To create that footprint though you have to know where and how to be published. There is quite a large range of ways to accomplish this, so let me tell you what I know so far.

There are several writing books I use that will give you names of publishers to contact as well as what the publications are looking for, and what payment they offer. Here is a list;

Writer’s Market

Writer’s and Artist’s Yearbook

Writer’s Handbook

Christian Writer’s Market

There are more specific writer’s market books including one for poets and children’s writers.

I started by sending articles to magazines and newspapers. I sent articles to my local media and began writing a monthly column in two of the local magazines. Neither magazine pays writers, but I wanted to have samples of work to give publishers and a way to improve my writing resume. If you are willing to write for free, it is easy to find spots that will accept your work. Once you have established yourself, you can step away from not being paid for your work.

Working for free can have other benefits. I fell in love with an online parenting magazine called Screamin Mamas and started to write for them. When I recently published my second book the editor did a beautiful feature on me, and I have used it at several talks and book signings.

If you want to publish articles in magazines and newspapers read several back copies to know what topics they accept. Write a query letter describing your article, find the contact information on the masthead in the magazine where staff is listed, or in one of the books listed above, and send it off.

If you want to publish a book you have more decisions to make. Here are some choices.

A traditional publisher. This is a publisher who signs a contract with you and pays you for your work.

A vanity publisher/self-publishing. You pay someone to produce your book.

Hybrid publisher. This is in between traditional and self-publishing where you pay to be published, but you might share in the profits.

Electronic publishing. This is self-publishing but less expensive.

Amazon Publishing. Here is the link for this.

Be sure to research which type of publishing is the right fit for you. Good luck!

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I am passionate about running, parenting, education, and self-help information. I enjoy writing articles that will offer readers the information needed to help them in some way. I recently retired from teaching French and Spanish for forty years. I run every day and have done all kinds of races from 5ks to ultra-marathons. I have three children and three grandchildren. I write for several magazines in my area, I am a contributor and in charge of the Pinterest board for a parenting magazine called Screamin Mamas, and I have a second book about to be released through Loving, Healing Press called 101 Tips to Ease Your Burdens.

Kennesaw, GA

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