Publication requires persistence, hard work, and knowledge of writing techniques.
Your first step is to consider yourself a working writer. Perhaps you already do since you’re reading this page.
Like you, I’m a working writer with ongoing projects. Mine include a mystery called Fatal Charm, and a romantic suspense novel under the working title Arms of Death. As I write, I use the fiction techniques of the Master Instructor Dwight V. Swain. The same ones I’ve used for my previous works: picture books, chapter books for children, short stories (contemporary, literary, and religious), and novels (historical fiction and mysteries) for YA and Adults. I also applied his fiction techniques to my nonfiction history books.
In short, Swain’s principles and techniques are ideal for all literary and commercial writings for any reading audience.
For over 25 years, I’ve taught Swain’s methods through colleges, conventions, private organizations, biennials, webinars and quiet settings such as libraries and coffee shops. Although I never met him, I had the distinct honor of a telephone conversation with him while in Oklahoma for an awards ceremony for my first historical fiction novel. I told him, with sincere pride, that the nomination for the Oklahoma Book Award came about because I adhered to the writing principles from his book, The Techniques of the Selling Writer (University of Oklahoma Press).