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10 ways to make yourself more PUBLISHABLE

Present yourself well and give editors what they need with advice from Patrick Forsyth

Despite having its frustrations, writing can be very satisfying and that satisfaction is increased when writing is followed by seeing your name in print – and being paid for it. Yet, as this magazine shows, neither writing (well) nor being published just happens: you have to work at it.

Whilst I have never made my whole living from writing, I have earned a useful part of it from publication for a good many years. With books (fiction and non-fiction), short stories, articles and more (I have also done some ghost writing and co-authored books), I reckon I have had more than 7 million words published. This means a great many commissions, conversations with editors and all the activity – from pitching to proofreading – that goes with it. Early on it quickly became apparent that I had much to learn if I wanted to make writing part of my work portfolio.

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In the new issue, you can discover ten ways to make yourself more publishable, and learn how to bounce back from one of the hardest, yet most inevitable experiences for a writer – rejection. Also in August's WM, explore the philosophy of crime and the real Venice with bestselling crime writer Donna Leon in our star interview, check out £13,300 in writing prizes waiting to be won, and keep up to date with all the latest opportunities to get into print.