The Professional Writer

Mark TwainREMEMBER – to be identified as a writer, you have to write, edit, submit and act like a writer. Every day. Take your chosen profession seriously, or it isn’t a profession, it’s a hobby. Just don’t take yourself too seriously.
(And writing for a hobby is as terrific as any other hobby is! Enjoy it!)

• Have you polished your latest short story/manuscript/article until it shines?
• Has it been edited, or at the very least, given several critiques by knowledgeable readers and another writer?
• If it’s ready to go, have you compiled your list of places to submit to? Have you double checked the spelling of the editor/agent’s name? Make sure you get the right one!
• Have you written an outstanding brief, engaging, and powerful cover or query letter for it? One that’s also been edited and critiqued and polished?

Just like every other type of job search, it’s always import to put your best foot forward. In a business where the average attention to a query is 15 seconds you have to be sure you’ve done all you can to show the very best of what you can do!

We have to pay our dues just like every other profession. We have to learn to write really well, dream really big, write every day, and be willing to kill our darlings, our characters, and even some of our entire manuscripts in order to succeed at this. Even rejection letters can hold nuggets of priceless direction and information—but you won’t get those unless you’re submitting your work to the professionals who can help your career.

Success is not only possible, it’s highly probable for those willing to invest their time, energy and talent in what they believe in with all their hearts. From what I’ve read in your emails and comments, many of you fit that description. Keep on, valiant word-warriors.

Keep writing and reading!


About NL Quatrano

Award-winning author, speaker, editor and ghost writer, Nancy owns a full-time editing, writing and specialty publishing business: On-Target Words/WC Publishing. Volunteer/member of professional writing organizations including Florida Writers Assoc., Sisters in Crime, and AWAI. 2010 Professional Woman of the Year by the NAPW. Linked in Editor Pick May 2013. International Women's Leadership Association nominee for Outstanding Leadership 2014. Author of Murder in Black and White, Still Shot, Merciful Blessings, and numerous published short stories.
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