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Okay, so you're an aspiring writer. You know your stories are well written. You revise each story several times before you send it off with the hope of publication; but the stories always come back with an encouraging comment by the editor but not an acceptance. There could be any number of reasons for the rejection of a well written story: the publication recently published a story on the same or similar subject; you didn't do your homework and sent a story to a publication that doesn't publish adult erotica no matter how well written it is; or your story didn't stand out from a slush pile full of well written stories. Maybe it's your style.

The more unique a writer's style the more his or her story will stand out. Here are some of the general parameters of my own style.

I try to use as little exposition as possible (show don't tell). I don't use adverbs or adjectives. I write in scenes (show don't tell). I use description as exposition. The resolution of a story "never" depends on coincidence. My stories are "packed" with things, action (dialogue is action) and body language. I leave as much as possible to the reader's imagination so the reader participates in the creation of the story.

That's my style. So, what's your style.
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I just had a story accepted for publication by Brilliant, an eBook and print anthology of flash fiction; and another story accepted by The Steel City review, an on line journal. If I can do it you can do it. Guy--(www.authorsden.com/guyhogan).


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The following comments are for "How To Get Published"
by ScottDelaney

"How To Get Published"
Write on! Couldn't have said it better ourselves. Writers who follow your guidelines and are persistent - will find publishers who want their stories.

( Posted by: BristolSquare [Member] On: March 2, 2007 )

Getting Published
Thank you, Guy.

( Posted by: ScottDelaney [Member] On: March 4, 2007 )

Getting published..
Congratulations..
Thanks for sharing your joy..
Best of luck in the future..

( Posted by: souls2embrace [Member] On: April 21, 2007 )

Getting Published
There is no mystery to getting published. You simply have to learn your craft and stick with it. It's not about inspiration. It's about hard work. Inspiration comes with hard work.

( Posted by: ScottDelaney [Member] On: April 21, 2007 )





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