1. Be an avid reader - real all the poetry you can, especially contemporary poetry that is being published today.
2. Knw what you like to writer--and what you write best - develop your style, but work in many styles so you have more diversified possibilities for publication
3. Learn the "business" of poetry publishing - read books magazines about writing, and surf the Internet for helpful advice
4. Research the markets - read several issues of any magazines you are considering submitting to; be aware of each market's submission guidelines and adhere to those
5. Start sloiwly - don't expect that New Yorker acceptance letter anytime soon -- look for markets that welcome new writers
6. Be professional - again, submit according to the guidelines
7. Keep track of submissions - always know what you've sent and to whom; develop a system
8. Don't fear rejection -- learn from it - especially valuable are editor's comments about what to look at for revision. If they say to send something else, do so!