Eventually the editing has to stop, right? All the hours to days to months to years of editing that one certain story cannot keep going on. It’s difficult to stop.
It’s more difficult to get your stories out there and known however. Many literary agents love to accept writers that already have a name for themselves like if the writer has published before or has a huge online audience. This is helpful for the agent because they know published authors have more of a chance to do well than authors who haven’t published yet. This factor is intimidating to say the least.
However, there are a few ways to publish before getting an agent to publish your book.
Since anyone can self-publish, those publications hold less weight than the other options. There’s no criteria for self-publishing. However, it still counts as publishing. There are many different ways to do this including Amazon and other online book publishers.
One of the hardest, but more rewarding way to publish is writing contests. A writer can win prizes from these contests including hundreds or thousands of dollars and/or a publishing contract. However, most writing contests have a reading fee. This reading fee can be as small as a few dollars to at least forty dollars or more. Also, since many writers submit to these, it is difficult to get picked. However, if you find the right writing contest for you, it’s a great experience.
Some online magazines will publish short stories from unknown writers. These are scarce and hard to find sometimes, but they are great to get your name out there. Most of them—for what I’ve seen—do not require a reading fee. Depending on how popular the magazine is, depends on how difficult it is to publish with them.