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How to Become a Published Writer in the UK

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  1. Read as widely as possible.Read from genres you wouldn't usually consider, and keep a journal where you write down what you consider to be the most and least successful features of every book you read.
  2. Cut about 40%.Cut out or combine characters if possible. Too many characters is boring for the reader. If in doubt about whether any piece of writing is necessary, cut it out. Your work will be much more interesting because of it.
  3. 'Kill your darlings'.Cut anything that you particularly love. It's probably self-gratuitous and not in-keeping with the tone of the book. If in doubt, ask an honest friend if your book can do without it.
  4. Try to gain some work experience in the publishing industry, if possible in the sector you're trying to write for.It will give you valuable experience into what stands out in a letter to a publisher, what is selling now, and any upcoming trends you can grab onto. If you can think like a publisher you are more likely to appeal to one.
  5. Be prepared to explain to an agent who you think the book would sell to, what the USP is, why you are the only person who could have written this book, and how soon you are able to write another (be realistic).Agents will accept writers who they think they can make a profit with. Think in advance about who your work will appeal to and why, so you are prepared to answer questions.

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  • Don't be discouraged by rejection: JK Rowling received around 30 rejections before being accepted. You may receive 100 rejections and still be accepted!
  • Sometimes even good writers do not get published. In this case it's probably best to write another book. Often when the second book is accepted, the first one will be too.
  • Buy yourself a treat every time you mail off a writing sample, even something small such as a candy bar. It's good to reward yourself for the hard work, and it will help you maintain enthusiasm.
  • Don't try to write to make money! You won't make much. Do it for love.





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