David M. Fitzpatrick     Email: indy {at} fitz42 {dot} net

7 steps to writing a story and getting it published

  1. Write it!

    The obvious first step.

  2. Proofread it!

    Often not obvious, but should be. Even the best writers should meticulously proof their work.

  3. Match it!

    Find the right markets to which you can submit it. The wrong market wastes your time and theirs.

  4. Format it!

    Often overlooked, ensure that your story follows proper manuscript guidelines, and any particular preferences of the editor/publisher.

  5. Introduce it!

    Write a query letter that works.

  6. Send it!

    Ship it off, but do it right.

  7. Monitor it!

    Keep track of what's happening.