Two Questions Writers Get

If you’ve ever told someone you’re a writer, you probably got one or both of these questions.

  1. What do you write?
  2. Are you published?

The implication is you need to be published to consider yourself a bonafide writer.

Nothing is further from the truth. I promise you cannot be published unless you write first.

Yes, you can publish your writing to the world, as I’m doing, with a blog.

And you can offer your writing to various websites for zero payment, as many people do to gain visibility or credibility or to market their expertise or  businesses.

But in the twenty-plus years I’ve taught classes on writing and publishing, I’ve yet to find an attendee who didn’t want to earn money as a writer someday.

When you add money to the mix of getting published, you create a business transaction and that’s a huge learning point for many writers. Publishing is business. When you begin to see it that way, you’ll make better decisions about your publishing options rather than get excited about something that sounds good but may not be as good as you’d like.

Writing is fun (and hard work). Publishing is fun too (but it’s also business). Remember that and you’ll see things with new eyes as you explore your publishing options.

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