“I want to be a published author, but where do I start?” This is a question many aspiring authors ask themselves. In a world of literary agents, publishing houses, eBooks, and an ever increasing number of self-publishing options, it can be a daunting task choosing what direction is right or best for you.
As obvious as this may sound, the first thing any aspiring writer must do is write. And not write an outline, or a summary of what his or her work is slated to be, or create a blog with a few teaser-chapters, because that will not sell or catch the attention of anyone. Nobody cares how brilliant your idea is; and in fact all of those strategies hurt your chances of success. One must actually complete the process and finish something tangible and concrete. Accomplished writers do not live off of potential; they illustrate proficiency and results.