(This post came directly out of a comment from Twitter user @darkoverorg*)
Advice first. History later.
You wanna write? Then write. Seems basic, right? But it's not. I meet so many people who 'talk' about writing, but don't actually sit down and put pen to paper, ink to quill, fingers to typewriter keys, brain to computer.
My friend and fellow writer and 'maker of things', Doug Petrie, once said something to me that really stuck. He was talking about filmmaking, but to me, it applies to any creative endeavor.
Now I'm paraphrasing here, but the thrust of what he said is this:
When you make a film you become someone who made something and cease to be someone who 'talks' about making something.
It's a clearly defined line.
Even if what you make is crap, it doesn't matter. YOU MADE IT!! That's the beginning of your career as a maker of things: writer, filmmaker, artist, crafter, actor, singer, dancer, mime, musician...all of these start with the urge to make something and then continue with the 'action' of indulging that urge.
You wanna write, go write.
So you're writing - first step accomplished - how do you get it out to the world, so you can be praised and ridiculed (usually at the same time) by the mass of men?
It's easy and not easy.
1. Fan Fiction
Fifty Shades of Grey, people!! I've said it before and I'll say it again (with back-up now that the FSG books are major league famous): Write what you love, put it on the internet and share it with all the other people who love what you love. 'Nuf said.
Write a blog. Write about your life. Include fiction/non-fiction pieces you are working on. (I've done it on this blog.) See: John Scalzi & Pamela Ribon - they give good blog and are shining examples of what I'm taking about
3. Publish Yourself, Yourself
People do it every day and some of them make a hell of a lot more money on their books than I do.
Now the Hard Stuff:
1. Get An Agent
Go online, get agency info and send a whole hell of a lot of query letters out into the universe. Make your query letter interesting. Someone might actually bite - and if they do then it's worth all the effort. The agent is your entree into the publishing world. Without them, it is very hard to get stuff read by editors.
2. Writer's Conferences
Go to them. Go to the ones where they have editors and agents you can pitch to. It's a shot in the dark - but like querying for agents, if someone bites then it's worth the money and effort.
This ends the ADVICE portion of our blog post.
Now on to the HISTORY portion of our blog.
How did I get published...? It's a cheating story. I took the twenty plus years of struggle and rejection I've endured as an actor and credited it toward the publishing world.
And I had a leg up because of a little show called BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER.
So I don't recommend attempting my journey. It's a way longer way than you want to traverse in order to get your writing out there. See the ADVICE section and use that bit as your guide, or, as I like to say:
DO AS I SAY and NOT AS I DO
(take a bow)