There are five things you’ll need to become a published writer: discipline, commitment, talent, hard work, and a lot of luck.
And there are five steps you need to take to become a published writer:
- Read. Read. Read. Read lots of books, especially ones in your genre. If you don’t know what your genre is, start with figuring that out before proceeding!
- Write. Write. Write. Practice really does make perfect! Your writing will improve the more you write.
- Attend classes, conferences, and workshops to (a) network and (b) learn how to improve your writing and discover how the book world works.
- Seek professional help. Hire an editor to make sure your manuscript is professional-looking (i.e. properly formatted, no spelling or grammatical errors, etc.)
- Decide how to proceed. Do you want to self-publish or are you wanting to sign on with a traditional publisher? You have a lot to learn either way. If you self-publish, you’ll have to learn how to create professional book covers or hire a service to create one for you. You’ll also have to learn how to publish and distribute your title. If you want a traditional publisher, you’ll have to learn how to craft a query letter and where to find a publisher that publishes your genre–and much more.
Here are some good resources to get your started: