Julie's Quest

Hello, and welcome to my blog. My blog is about the trials and tribulations of writing, where we celebrate successes and commiserate our near misses. We tell it like it is here and will do our very best to help you on the road to being published and pick you up after the rejections (they will come!) Whether you are a professional or amateur writer you will find something useful here.

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Happy Writing

Julie Phillips - freelance writer - member of the Association of Freelance Writers - member of the Society of Authors

Sunday, 12 February 2012

Head + Brick wall = ?

I suppose that pitching to new markets can rather seem like banging your head continually against a brick wall. Occasionally you might cause a bit of mortar to be displaced or a dislodge a brick, but mostly all that you end up with for your trouble is a sore head.

But is we want to be published, banging our head against the wall is what we must do. But, if you don't want to hurt your head or feel as though you are getting absolutely nowhere you have to bang your head in the right way and in the right place. In otherwords you have to find the weak spot and target your aim and strength there.

Ask yourself the following questions:

Have you read your target market, cover to cover, over several issues to get a feel for what you might be able to write for them and get a flavour for the house style?

Are you coming from a unique angle? It might be a well worn theme but if you can find a different angle not so well used by other writers, it might be a way in.

Are you barking up the wrong tree? Are you constantly trying to get short stories published but failing miserably and having more luck on the article front? Maybe you should go with what you know you're successful with and put the short stories on the back burner for a while. Or maybe you're talents are better suited to longer fiction?

What do you really want to get out of your writing? Maybe it's not what you originally planned.

So, if you think about your writing and what's working for you, you can apply this knowledge to that brick wall and make a hole just big enough for you to post your article, short story or novel through for it to be successful. You just need to know how to make that hole without damaging your head! Answering the above questions will go a long way to figuring that out.

Happy writing

Julie xx

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