How to be Taken Seriously as a Writer (part 2)

Find or start a critique group. Most successful writers I know depend heavily on others to read and critique their work.

Start saving to attend a writers conference. They are an investment you’ll never regret. Besides all you’ll learn, the contacts you make with established professionals can prove priceless.

Enter writing contests. Winning may attract the attention of an editor, but more important, entering forces you to write well and on deadline.

Get business cards. This not only makes you feel more professional, but it also help others to see what you do as legitimate. Classy and understated is best.

Design a simple e-mail signature for any business-related correspondence. It can be as basic as your name and contact information. Reserve your domain name for a future website. If you already have a website, use it regularly to promote your writing.

Consider “e-sources.” Many websites are looking for articles and columns.

Advertise your services. Use Craigslist or the bulletin board of a local library or college — anywhere potential clients might see it — to offer yourself as a writer or proofreader.

View rejections as proof you are actively engaged in the business. Writers who never submit anything never face disappointment, but neither will they land a contract and the opportunity to serve others through their words.

Deborah Raney’s books have won numerous awards including the RITA, National Readers Choice Award, and the Carol Award. She will teach both morning and afternoon sessions at the upcoming Writing for the Soul conference. Visit her at


  1. says

    Thank you for the advice/tips here. This past January (2012) I made the difficult decision to lay down my dream of becoming a heart surgeon (already a Pre-Med) and pursue writing as my career path. I have been sort of feeling my way through the dark but with the help of close family and friends, networking, twitter, blogging and following pages like this one, I have already been working on 4 of the 8 things listed above. At least I know I’m on the write track. And…no. I have not quit my day job. As far off as it is from either becoming a hospital staff member or a writer, this is my source for all things monetary. That savings account gives me hope of the investment in my future as a writer.
    …Business Cards. Hey. That’s an idea~! :) Blessings! — Deb

  2. says

    I love that phrase “the investment in my future as a writer.” There are so many worthwhile things in life that REQUIRE an investment before we see the result. Why should writing be any different? Great thoughts, Deb. But then I wouldn’t expect any less from someone with such a great first name. ;)

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