Advice on Perseverance, Editing, and Networking for New Writers

When author Naomi Brett Rourke first started writing, there were a few things she wished she had known:

  1. It takes a long time to get something published, even once it’s approved. Rourke’s first professional story was published in a magazine two years after she had signed the paperwork.
  2. After submitting your writing, it could be almost a year before you hear any updates.
  3. There are many people involved in the publishing process. Content editors, proofreaders, and others all have to look through your work and approve it.

Rourke encourages new writers to keep writing, even when they feel discouraged. Go to conferences and writing groups, take classes, and always be open to the fact that you have room for improvement.

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