Thus, writers have a two fold problem. First, there is not an internship attached to our major, and second, who is going to hire someone who hasn't a track record nor a decent portfolio that includes published works. I know, I know, we all have clouds in our heads and plan to "write" that first selling novel and make it big. Okay, coming back to reality now....
I also realize that most big publishing companies will not pick an unknown up in the first place. I know, I know, you say, " I am just going to self publish". I don't even want to get started on the possible stigma attached to this as a beginner. The viscous cycle: You aren't able to get a publishing house to pick you up, so you self publish could = the dreaded stigma of a second rate writer perceived by that very publishing house you are looking to get in at. Anyway, these are just a few of my thoughts as I decide to see how to fix my problem.
Here is my plan: While in college, I am going to free lance, submit to magazines and add any work published to my portfolio. You may be saying, "How do I do this?" This will be the first subject I want to attack, because the sooner we get started on this the better. I found this great blog today that has sites attached to it that hires beginners and professionals: http://www.freshbooks.com/blog/2013/01/16/freelance-jobs/
Please share your ideas and any advice you have. We would love your comments... LuAnne