I am regularly asked by other EMTs and Paramedics about how to publish an article and become a published EMS author. There are lots of opportunities for EMS professionals to write articles for print and online publications and review or even write textbook chapters, as well as supporting learning materials.
Follow these Everyday EMS Tips to become a published author:
The first step to becoming a publish author is to begin writing. This may sound simplistic, but to improve your patient assessment skills you see more patients. Right? A great way to start honing your writing skills is to start a blog and write about your experiences, interests, and expertise. Start a blog with Blogger.com or WordPress.com.
Second make sure you are reading what is already available in print and online publications. This will help you understand the common style, topics, structure, and length of articles. I recommend regularly reading JEMS and EMS Magazine as well as subscribing to the updates of top EMS blogs. Visit paramedic.alltop.com for the latest updates from EMS blogs.
Remember EverydayEMSTips.com welcomes submissions from new and experienced authors. Contact us with your idea. We would be honored to be your first publication.
Next determine what problem, topic, or character you want to apply your interest, time, and abilities to write about. Are those problems people would be interested in reading about?
Attend state, regional or national EMS conferences. Visit with publication and textbook representatives in the exhibit hall. Ask about opportunities to write for publications, as well as reviewing content by other authors before publication. Once you have an article idea contact editors at industry websites like www.ems1.com, www.emsresponder.com, www.jems.com about writing opportunities. Invite them to read the articles you are writing for your blog or EverydayEMSTips.com.
How else can EMS professionals get started as authors in our industry? Share your ideas in the comments section.