Finding publishers isn’t the toughest part of the process. Getting published is.
For what they’re worth, here are my two cents. I imagine they aren’t worth much considering I’m twenty and have nothing to show for it.
In grade nine, I started my writing “career” by applying to contests. I was a naive writer who knew nothing. Thanks to some divine intervention, I stumbled across an essay competition.
I didn’t think much about submitting a piece I wrote for fun on my own. I tinkered around with the essay and made it fit the contest requirements.
My dream of being published came true.
I realize I’m one of the lucky ones who didn’t get rejected my first time around.
But I’ve since had my ego shattered about a thousand times.
Throughout high school, I scoured the web for random contests to submit to. I stumbled across a few gems.
Maybe I should have prefaced this post by saying I’ve yet to seek book publishers for an actual novel. So I’m sharing my experience trying to find publishers for short pieces.
Just last year I had the pleasure of attending a magazine launch. Again, I found out about this opportunity browsing the web online. I got rejected twice before I got selected. How’s that for perseverance?
I suspect I’ll have more to say about publishing when I’m older.