Writing

How to Become a Published Author: 8 Steps for Getting Published

Written by the MasterClass staff

Last updated: Aug 19, 2021 • 4 min read

Millions of people write as a hobby, but going from a hobbyist to a successful writer can be intimidating. Looking at the traditional publishing industry from the outside, it seems that so much goes into becoming a professional writer—from generating book ideas to establishing a daily writing habit to finding literary agents to getting on the radar of a publishing company.

Indeed, trying to tackle all of these at once would overwhelm even the most ambitious aspiring writer. But if you approach the process methodically, it really is possible to become a published author. Whether you aspire to become a bestselling author or simply self-publish your first novel while keeping your day job, the key is to adopt a plan and stick with it.