Putting your writing out into the world is a scary but necessary first step to getting published. But how do you know if your short story is ready? When is it okay to submit a book if you don’t have an agent? What can you expect when you pitch to an editor of an online publication?

These and more questions are answered in the following section/resources.

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On Building a Successful Freelance Writing Career: An Interview with Chadwick Moore»

How to build a successful freelance writing career. Chadwick Moore shares marketing, business, tax and writing tips for freelance writers.

Q & A with an Editor: Justin Taylor»

We talked to Fiction Editor Justin Taylor about the editing process and what steps writers can take to get their work published.

The Art of the Pitch»

How to construct a successful e-mail pitch when submitting writing ideas to publications.

members onlyEscape the Slush Pile»

This pre-submission checklist, combined with time, patient self-editing, and honest self-assessment, can help your story become that needle in a haystack that editors are looking for.

members onlyCold Pitching for the Web: Be Practical, Be Yourself»

Tried and true advice on how to cold pitch to increase your chances of being published and establishing fruitful and ongoing relationships with editors.

members onlyLit Mag Submissions 101: How, When, and Where to Send Your Work»

This guide will give you an overview of how magazines work, and what you can do to give your own manuscript the best shot at being accepted.

members onlyHow to Submit a Book Without an Agent»

If you are seeking publication without an agent, it helps to have a few things in mind as you enter the process.


What Editors Want: Writing for the Web (video)»

A must for emerging writers: Electric Literature, The Center for Fiction, and the Authors Guild have partnered together to present a series of events aimed at giving you the 101 when it comes to your career. In this first of the series, our panelists Yuka Igarashi (Soft Skull Press, Catapult), Michelle Legro (New Republic), and James Yeh (VICE) discussed how to pitch for online, and the ways in which writing for the web differs to print. Moderated by Dwyer Murphy of Electric Literature.


Your Nonfiction Book Needs a Business Plan»

Barry Beckham shares how preparing a nonfiction book proposal will not only give you a map for determining key elements like what is your main idea and who is your market, but it also will give you a document that can be submitted to publishers.

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