Monday, June 26, 2006

How to become a published author - 25 steps

James D Macdonald’s
Rules for Writing

According to James D. Macdonald, there are twenty-five simple steps to becoming a published author.

Here are the steps:

1. Black ink on white paper.

2. Place your name and address in the top left-hand corner of the first page.

3. Place the title and byline, centered, half-way down the first page.

4. Put a running head (your name, the title, and a page number) in the top right hand corner of every page.

5. Your pages should have one-inch margins.

6. Doublespace your text.

7. Use Courier 10 or Courier 12 only.

8. Type on one side of the paper only.

9. Continue until you reach "The End."

10. Rewrite.

11. Rewrite.

12.....21. Revise

22. Obtain the guidelines for a market that accepts material similar to what you have finished.

23. Follow the guidelines scrupulously when you submit your material.

24. While you are waiting for your rejection slip, start again back at step 1 for your next work.

25. When the rejection slip arrives, send the manuscript to the next market on your list, that same day.

7 comments:

Rene said...

Yep, that's about how it goes.

Shesawriter said...

Done. :-) Now what?

Nienke said...

shesawriter: LOL - see #24!

Bren said...

Perfect and well put. :-) Thanks for sharing this.

Melissa Marsh said...

Rewrite deserves to have all those slots. It is the major activity in writing. What is the saying? Writing is 90 percent rewriting.

Heather Dawn Harper said...

Times New Roman 12 is fine, too. I know several authors who use it. And sold with it.

Heather Dawn Harper said...

And...I never double space.

I use EXACTLY 25 LINES per page, not the double space function in WORD. Also turn off the orphan and widow control.