Why does everything someone writes have to be entirely original anyway? Writing is fun and it’s a craft one must practice to master.
One of the things editors look for in a pitch is publishing credits. A great way to get them is to submit your work to literary journals. Literary journals or literary magazines are periodicals devoted to publishing literature. There are many literary journals. Some focus on fiction, nonfiction, poetry, or all three. Some focus on concise nonfiction, flash fiction (a few hundred words or less), nano-fiction, and so on. The one thing that all the literary journals have in common is that they are looking for well-crafted material.
If you’re interested in making videos about books, or even talking about your writing process on Youtube, BookTube a great place to build a platform and market yourself. It’s interactive in ways that other platforms aren’t because watching videos is overall more intimate than reading a Twitter post. Additionally, vlogging is becoming increasingly popular.
Sit in a room full of English majors long enough, and you’ll eventually hear someone groan, “Ugh… math.” The topic may be differential calculus or how to split the tab, but the sentiment is always the same. Why, the lover of words bemoans, do we have to take a break from talking about books to do things with numbers?
English is hard. According to the Oxford Royale Academy, it’s one of the top five most difficult languages in the world today. So why do we, as writers and especially as editors, accept making our jobs that much more difficult by using so many different style guides?
The editor must help the author express their art as truly as they can while balancing the vision of the publisher, and by extension bring the truth of the community back in the form of a published work. And, like any intimate relationship, it is not always easy, nor quick and painless.