I’m going all New Agey-Philosophical today.
It makes you a better human being, and also, creates opportunities.
The first criteria for getting published is producing a quality manuscript. But don’t forget to engage with the writing community. Give, and you’ll get back 100-fold.
- Join professional groups–SCBWI, RWA–choose associations that you will learn from and also contribute to.
- Volunteer in those groups or at book festivals, seminars or conferences.
- Contribute to the magazines or newsletters of your professional organizations.
- Go to conferences. Schmooze.
- Faithfully attend a professional critique group.
- Blog. Contribute to others’ blogs. Volunteer for blog tours.
- Participate in Social Media. Make connections with published and pre-published writers like yourself.
You never know. The person you long-distance-critiqued into a published book might introduce you to a newsletter that lists a first-page contest that you win, along with an agent.