“Attend a Workshop, Conference, or Take a Course – It’ll Get You Closer to Publication (PubSub3rdFri)” by Joan Y. Edwards
If you attend a workshop, go to a conference, or take a course, you are taking a step that will get you closer to publication. It goes to educating and inspiring the muse inside you. Learning new skills or refining skills will help you write better and make better revisions.
Part of being a Pub Subber is education. Believing in yourself enough to spend the time, money, and effort to improve your skills at writing or illustrating is top notch. I am adding that if you attend a writing/illustrating workshop or conference, you can add that to your Pub Sub goals and accomplishments for that month. If you sent a manuscript for critique before the conference, and then attended the conference, it would be two Pub Subbing items. This is building your platform by giving you more chances to learn, network, and build your belief system. Each step you take will get you closer.
We now have 6 people in our PubSubbers Yahoo Group. The people who have joined so far have great ideas to help us get better and better and lead us closer to publication dreams. Please join us to post successes, receive encouragement when you receive a no, ask for advice or help, etc. The group has automated reminders for the weekly steps to get your work ready for submission. Nicole Thompson Andrews suggested we put something to make us accountable for what we say we’re going to do. We’ve added to send a plan on the first day of each month telling what you’re planning to submit and when. At the end of the month, we ask members to tell us if they’ve met their goals and celebrate and give rain checks to help keep writers and illustrators going forward on the path to publication. Join by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pub Subbers submit one or more of their quality works on the third Friday of the month (or any other day of the month) to critique groups, editors, agents, or contests. They also attend workshops and conferences. They believe that submitting work often leads to publication. Join us, it’ll help you get published, too. If you’d like your name listed on the Pub Subbers page, leave a comment or send an email to the address in the left-hand column with your name, the title of your manuscript and where you sent it. Include your webpage or blog, if you like.
Get your manuscript, and use the resources below to accomplish your Pub Sub 3rd Fri goal:
Week One: Begin the Steps to Submit Your Work (PubSub3rdFri)
Week Two: Writing the Pitch, Query Letter, Proposal, Resume (PubSub3rdFri)
Week 3: Reread, Correct Errors, Print Pertinent Papers, and Send (PubSub3rdFri)
Week 4: Educate and Motivate the Creative Muse (PubSub3rdFri)
Thank you for reading my blog. I hope it inspires you to take a step towards your dream, whatever it is. Each step you take will fill you with more confidence to take the next step.
Do something today to celebrate your love of writing.
Joan Y. Edwards
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