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Six Tips For Publishing Success

Updated on October 20, 2013

Six Tips for Publishing Success - Is It Easier These Days?


The expansion of the internet has been both a pro and a con for writers, professionals and beginners alike. On one hand, we have a tremendously diverse marketplace that is easily accessible, but on the downside the competition for publication has increased dramatically. Getting your work published can be even more of a challenge now, than in the pre-internet days.  Hopefully, these tips for publishing success will garner some great results!

Six Tips for Publishing Success

These tips are pretty basic but a reminder is good, especially since the internet has changed publishing as we knew it.
These tips are pretty basic but a reminder is good, especially since the internet has changed publishing as we knew it.

How To Increase Your Chances of Publishing Success with These 6 Tips

So, how can you give your work an advantage in today's highly competitive marketplace?  Try these six tips for publishing success.

Tip #1 - Write and read constantly! Okay, you've read this helpful hint a million times at least. Sorry, but it just cannot be overstated enough. This is crucial, and without it, you don't stand much of a chance of finding an audience for your work, or of improving it. Stay industry informed. Know what your competition is doing. Practice your craft everyday. You would do this in any business. It can be hard to think of your passion as a business, but if you plan on getting published for pay, it is.

Tip #2 - Write your truth. Don't write just for the current trends, as they may suddenly change tomorrow. If you write using your own voice on a subject that you care about, that sincerity will shine through to any editor. Your work must be well written and have value naturally, but it must also be genuine for optimum chance with today's editors.


Tip #3 - Do lots of research. Make sure that all of your facts and information are correct. There are no excuses in this day and age of expanded information sources. This doesn't just apply to your article. Make sure that when you are submitting a piece of work or a query, that you have the correct editor's name, department, and company address on the envelope. Use whatever resources necessary to attend to these kinds of details, be it the internet, library, masthead, or calling the publication and outright asking for a current editor's name. This kind of attention to detail marks you as a professional. Be an informed submitter!


Tip #4 - Be a strategic submitter. It's exciting to complete a project or article, and of course, you want to see your beautiful words in print, but don't get so over zealous that you forget to be smart about submitting. Get familiar with your market and the publications you want to target, and send out your work appropriately. Editors are not stupid, they can spot a random mass mailing of a manuscript right away.


Tip #5 - Organize your work and your work space. It will help instill a feeling of calm confidence about your work. Clutter will contribute to your anxiety, and can cloud your mind. To help you feel more in control, make sure your keep track of every query and submission that you send. It can be a small notebook (that's what I use), an electronic file (print off a hard copy, just in case), doesn't matter, just make a record of where you send your work, the date, etc. so that you can do follow-up, and so you can track your submission success. It also keeps you from sending the same work to the same editor twice because you forgot that you sent it the first time several months ago.


Tip #6 - Networking relationships. Ensure a congenial relationship with editors and other people you network with, by being polite and pleasant in all of your dealings. You may not get an acceptance the first time you submit to an editor, but if you are friendly and professional, you can bet that editor will remember and consider your next submission happily.

A Final Word About Publishing Your Work

If your dream is be a full-time freelancer, it is going to take some due diligence. Keep on top of things to give yourself and your words the best chance of success. If you're a people person, with a passion for your craft, this will seem more like play than work, and you have arrived at your most perfect career, and you will be successful.

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      Shasta Matova 

      8 years ago from USA

      This really is excellent advice. Thank you.

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      Audrey Hunt 

      8 years ago from Idyllwild Ca.

      Very glad I came upon this hub. You've shared tips which are so helpful. I 'm impressed with how you connect with your reader. I'll be reading more of your work. Sharing.

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      9 years ago from Sussex by the Sea

      I see that you wrote this 4 years ago, but it remains excellent advice.

      I have decided to spend today concentrating on getting things neat and tidy - a fresh start.

      Sometimes it helps to go back to basics.

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      Denise Handlon 

      9 years ago from North Carolina

      Great advice here. I have some children's stories I am preparing to send out. Thanks for the tips. Am bookmarking this hub.

    • prasadjain profile image


      10 years ago from Tumkur

      Basic tips for a beginner.Good

    • ShannonMartin profile image


      10 years ago

      Very well crafted hub Shirley,simple, effective layout and also relevant, helpful well thought out tips. Sometimes the simple things need to be repeated.

      A new Hubber myself so the tips are a nice reminder of what I need to do.

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      10 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank-you, Eiddwen! I'm so glad that you found my hub useful. I like helping other writers whenever I'm able to.

      Good luck with finding a home for your work.

    • Eiddwen profile image


      10 years ago from Wales

      A brilliant hub and so useful for me as I am pretty new to sharing my writing and being on here. These articles are priceless and this is one I will be bookmarking for future reference. Thank you so much for sharing and I will vote it up. Take care.

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      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Why, thank-you, Joyce! Very nice of you to come by and leave such lovely remarks. :)

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      Joyce Asante 

      11 years ago from Tema Newtown, Ghana


      This is really a useful article! I love the style of your writing!


      Joyce A.

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks a lot, Katy! I didn't realize that I'd hit the hundred mark - yippee!

      Not sure who to bribe. :-)

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      11 years ago from Sydney, Australia

      Shirley, good informative hub, but WOW, 100, well done.

      Who do I need to bribe?

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      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi, Bonny! Thank-you so much, I'm so happy to have you as one of my fans.

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      11 years ago

      Hi Shirley, thank you for this hub, your fans are correct and Iam going to be one of them if thats ok. have a nice day.

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      Shirley Anderson 

      11 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Yes Stephen, I believe you are correct about the importance of research. Even if we don't consider it crucial, an editorial staff does.

      So glad that you found this. Thanks for reading!

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      Stephen Beck 

      11 years ago

      I absolutely agree with you about everything you said but probably most especially about doing your research. How crucial to be able to find the facts and use them knowledgeably. Thank you for writing this. Glad I found it. Better late than never, no?!

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      Shirley Anderson 

      12 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Hi, Solarcaptain! Thank-you for your kind words. I don't mind at all if you come back, you're welcome always.

      Re writers vs wannabes, I think that those that never get beyond the talking stage are frightened. Whether it's of success or failure, I can't say as it is a personal and individual thing. I'm more prone to believing that they don't really think that they can do it, or that they can do it well.

      That fear is why I try to encourage anyone who wants to write to take that first scarey step. My God, to get to the end of your days and wonder if you could've done it and what the results would have been. That, to me, is a million times worse than trying and failing. Besides - what if they can do it and they are successful? Imagine the joy. :)

      Okay, I'll stop with the motivational speaking now, and just say, thanks again!

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      12 years ago

      Thank you for a job well done. I can see you really have the writer's interest at heart. I learned alot from your site and I hope you won't mind my coming back from time to time. It's good to come across a writer who really writes; I'm sure you have met a few professed writers who only talk about it. I know at times writing is difficult. This is especially true when your mind clicks off and returns to an earlier period-such as infancy.

      best wishes and thanks again

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      Shirley Anderson 

      12 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      You're very welcome, Susan. You should have every confidence in submitting your are ready and definitely good enough!

      Thanks for coming by!

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      Susan Keeping 

      12 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

      Thanks for this hub, Shirley. I'm getting closer to getting the confidence to submit stuff to magazines :) Your hubs are a great help.

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      12 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank-you, Gsalvadi!! It's nice to see a new face (well, name - there's no face in your avatar pic) on my hubs.

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      12 years ago

      Good on you Shirley!

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      13 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thanks so much, Jammy! I hope it helps you, if even a little.

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      13 years ago from United Kingdom

      I love this hub. Just looking at your work and reading your text is very inspiring.


    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      13 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Shellz - You're very welcome. I'm sooo happy this hub is useful to you! I love hearing that about my work.

      Thx-a-lot for reading and commenting. I'm sure we'll bump into each other around the hubs.

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      13 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Senior Advisor - Thx so much for the comment and compliment! Please never stop learning or writing, both will serve you well and bring you satisfaction. Looking forward to your hubs as well!

      Shirley :)

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      13 years ago from Chicago, IL

      Have just begun researching this type of stuff myself, this is so helpful! You're someone I'm definitely going to keep my eye on! THANKS!

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      Senior Advisor 

      13 years ago

      Shirley, thanks for responding to my cry for help. Things I wish I had taught my children was my first attempt at getting my writing published although I had been writing for some years. I was pleasantly surprised when the comments were favorable, but I know that I need to continue learning about what works and what doesn't. Looking forward to reading all your hubs and checking out the resources you talk about. Here's to your Great Success.

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      13 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thx, Robie2. Insiration is the first (and hardest) step. Kinda like exposing yourself, which I guess it is. Gets easier tho.

      Good luck. If you want it badly enuf, it will definitely happen.

      Let me know if I can help. :)

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      Roberta Kyle 

      13 years ago from Central New Jersey

      Really terrific hub--and maybe just the inspiration I need:-) Thanks

    • Shirley Anderson profile imageAUTHOR

      Shirley Anderson 

      13 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Thank-you so much!

      I'm glad you feel this is a helpful hub, it means that I did my job right.

      Write On - if you are submitting, check out the links for markets, I often peruse them....sometimes you find something, sometimes there are a few dead links, but they're good resources, even if just to find out what publications to stay away from.

      If I can be of further assistance, you know where to find me.

      Meantime, I'll go learn something from your hubs!

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      13 years ago

      Dear Shirley,

      I tremendously enjoyed to rerad it. You are really bril...........i will always hope to that touching my concern heart to improve everything. Thank You.

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      Write On! 

      13 years ago from United States


      First of all, this is a beautiful Hub - well-done. Second - I personally appreciate the precise information that you have provided and will apply as pertinent.

      So glad to know you here on the Hub. It is apparent that you have much to teach here. I have much to learn here...

      Write On!


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