Shortcuts to becoming a writer

Traditional Routes

The traditional route to book publication is to build up a list of magazine publications then put together a book. In the UK you might try Some of these markets are rather crowded - e.g. the UK's Poetry Review receives over 30,000 poems a year, and The New Yorker gets 50,000 poems a year of which it prints 50.There's a chance that after a few years of magazine appearances a publisher might notice your work. However, the book situation is bleaker still, with many poetry publishers not taking on anyone new. The short story situation's no happier. Mainstream publishers published only 135 single-author story collections in 2002 - 25% are commissioned and many of the others are by dead or overseas writers.

So you may need to consider less traditional methods. In the UK you can

Alternative approaches

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