My first published work

by MARCELLA SIMMONS
(Logansport LA USA)

My first published work

Writing has played an important role in my life, and for the most part, I took my career pretty serious. Humorous writing wasn’t one of my specialties, but looking back at some of my first published pieces, I have to laugh because some of the stories or articles are some of the worse I’ve ever read (or written). Editors published my work regularly back in the early nineties – why is beyond me. Some of my manuscripts were nothing less than an unedited first draft with numerous mistakes and flaws that made reading an unpleasant experience to say the least.

I appreciate the opportunity the small press newsletters and little magazines afforded me, and the chance to become a professional writer in training was worth every stamp. Getting paid in copies was a lot better than not getting paid at all, and the valuable lessons I learned was worth it all. Through trial and error, I learned how to be a writer.

Remember, if you’re just starting out, start small – earn a published bio and then move up the ladder of success to larger paying markets. Learning to become a professional writer is half the fun. The other half is reaping the benefits after the training is over! Keep trying and never give up – you’ll get there eventually! We made it and so can you!

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