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Here at Writer’s Relief, we’ve spent the past twenty-three years helping writers reach their publishing goals. So naturally, our submission strategists have quite a bit of knowledge about what it takes to make it as a writer with a solid reputation for quality work. Today, we’re going to let you in on what we believe are the secrets to writing success.
The First Thing You Need To Launch A Lifelong Writing Career:
To establish the foundation for a long, successful career as a writer, the first thing you need is: Passion.
We’re talking about passion that fuels raw talent—and then refines it.
Passion that has you waking up in the middle of the night to jot down ideas.
Passion that has you up at dawn to steal a few hours of uninterrupted writing time before heading off to your day job.
Passion that makes you eager to learn more about your craft by any and every means available.
Passion that can bounce back from a devastating critique.
Passion that bulldozes through the disappointment of rejection letters.
Passion that is willing to make sacrifices.
Passion that is prepared to make investments.
From what we’ve seen, writers who have that kind of passion have a real shot at reaching their goals.
The Second Thing You Need For A Brilliant Writing Career:
So you have passion: You’ve spent years reading books, honing your craft, and dedicating yourself to creativity and storytelling and art. Is that enough for a successful career as a writer?
We think not.
Because if you really want to build your reputation as a writer—you have to get your writing out where it can be seen.
So the second thing you need is: a Strong Submission Strategy.
Not a few halfhearted attempts to send some submissions out once in a while.
We’re talking about a streamlined, organized, efficient, highly functional, easy-to-execute submission strategy that is going to put your writing into the right hands and in front of the right pairs of eyes.
A submission strategy that makes sending out your work feel joyful instead of burdensome—so that you’ll actually want to do it.
A writing submission strategy that becomes a capable partner to your passion for writing.
A submission strategy that includes taking a great piece of writing, formatting and proofreading it until it’s a clean manuscript, then pairing it with a great cover or query letter.
A writing submission strategy that uses hard numbers and clear goals.
A submission strategy that doesn’t waste your time sending your work to the wrong editors or agents.
A submission strategy that REWARDS the hard work you do when you’re writing.
Because passion for writing without a great submission strategy…is nothing more than jet fuel in a broken-down jet.
At Writer’s Relief, we’ve been passionate about building better submission strategies for writers since 1994. We wouldn’t have lasted so long if our system wasn’t efficient, ethical, and effective.
And it’s no secret that we excel at targeting our clients’ writing to the BEST (and the RIGHT) literary agents and literary magazines. You can get an inside look at our submission strategy best practices right here, and feel free to use them for your own DIY submission strategy.
But if you would rather put all your passion into your writing—instead of into developing and maintaining an effective submission strategy—then please contact us about applying to join our selective client list today.
QUESTION: What other elements do you think are essential for writing success?