I was recently published, and PAID, for an article I wrote for Salt Lake's City Weekly. Not only was I published, but my article made the cover and it was a full four page spread. I was so ecstatic when I heard the news, I immediately shared on my personal Facebook page and Instagram. Now that my excitement has died down a little, the reality of what this means has finally sunk in.
|My Salt Lake City Weekly article can be found here!|
And that reality is...I'm totes legit peeps. I'm an official, freelance writer. And as such, I feel it's imperative that I share my knowledge and talents with those of you who haven't been quite as fortunate as I. And so, without further ado, I'd like to bestow upon you, you sad, struggling unpublished populace, the secret to publication in three easy steps.
- Know your audience. You really need to think about who is going to read your piece and why it would be of interest to them. It helps if you include boobs.
- Persistence. If the Editor doesn't return your attempts of solicitation, he'll appreciate follow up phone calls, e-mails, and especially if you show up at his office on Main Street downtown unannounced. It will break up the monotony of his day and he'll be obligated to acknowledge your dogged determination.
- Know your worth. You work hard and you deserve to get paid hard. Negotiate for a fair price and if they're not willing to pay, well, that's when you play hard ball. In the form of slowly peeling a grape, shoving it up your nose, blowing peeled grape into your hand and offering said hand for a farewell shake.