Sunday, January 31, 2016

Success is a dish best served any time!

No tool can be useful if you have not developed your skills as a craftsman first.  But once you've developed your craft and honed your skills, use every tool you can find to give you an edge.

The (Submission) Grinder is the best tool I have ever found to help writers publish.  Two months ago, I was a writer without a plan.  My afternoons were spent in coffee houses and libraries.  I wrote because I had to, because the need was so strong inside me that not doing it never occurred to me.  At first, I wrote for an audience of one, namely me.  Then I wrote for a few friends who expressed interest in my writing.  But the dream of publishing remained just that.

There has never been a book written that can tell you exactly what you need to do to publish your work.  Nothing.  It's a process, one you have to experience for yourself.  And every failure draws you one step closer to success.

I am proud to say I found success on Friday, or rather it found me, a story I have written called The Glass Slipper Entanglement, has been selected for publication in the magazine eFiction India, which is the leading online and print literary magazine in India.  It is a tremendous feeling of validation to be selected.

You can feel this as well!

The first thing you'll need is a tough skin.  Rejection is a constant.  Don't let it get you down.  If your name was Stephen King, the rejection letters would be less frequent.  But hey, he had oceans of rejections before catching his breaks.

The next thing you'll need to do is write all the time!  And read everything you can.  Writers not reading or writing become crazy people.

Finally, take a good piece of writing and submit it to every publication that accepts simultaneous submissions.  The best way I've found is by using The (Submission) Grinder.  You can track your submission's progress from beginning to end.  And the shear volume of markets is awesome. 

And the best part is it's free.

Don't give up.

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