5 Ways You Might Be Holding Back Your Writing Career


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5 Ways You Might Be

Holding Back Your Writing Career


April Aragam

Copyright © 2012, April Aragam, All Rights Reserved


You might not realize it, but sometimes it’s you who is holding back your writing career and not someone else. This article outlines 5 ways that you might be holding your writing career.


1. You don’t have a website or online portfolio

While it’s not necessary to have a blog, having a place online where people can get to know about you and your writing a little more is a good idea. You can have a simple portfolio where you list your publications or you can have a website that has a couple of different pages, including a portfolio. You can include the link to your portfolio in submissions to editors, who can choose to see more of your work if they want.


2. You continue to write for low-paying publications

When you began writing you probably started with the smaller, low-paying publications. Now that you’ve built a name for yourself it’s a smart idea to move up. You don’t have to quit writing for the smaller publications altogether, but you can attempt to write for bigger publications and earn more money. Some people choose to submit to bigger publications early on in their careers along with the smaller ones. You can wait until you feel comfortable with your writing and success, but don’t put it off too long.


3. You turn down jobs out of fear

Have you received a request from an editor asking you to write an article? If you turned it down, you are holding yourself back. An editor who asks you to write something obviously has faith in your writing. Remind yourself that you’ve been published before. You have the clips to prove it. If you need to, take a look at your published writing before you answer. This will remind you that you can write and are qualified to take on the project.


4. You don’t ask for a bio

You’ve probably been receiving a byline with your published articles, but have you ever thought of asking for a bio? A bio is a short write up about yourself. It might include your website link or email address so that others know where to find and contact you. It never hurts to ask for a bio. An editor might say no, but it’s worth asking for in the event that they will say yes.


5. You target the wrong publications

If you’re writing an article about parenting, you aren’t going to submit it to a rock and roll magazine. Don’t waste your time and editor’s time by submitting to the wrong publications. Before you submit, study the magazines you plan to approach. It’s important that you know the publication that you’re submitting to. It makes a bad first impression if you submit something completely unsuitable. It’s better to spend extra time looking for the right markets than waiting months to hear back from an editor saying it’s not the kind of work they publish.


You are in control of your writing career. The last thing you want to do is hold yourself back. Don’t be afraid to venture into territory that might scare you. You might be better at it than you think.