Every new writer faces the rookie dilemma. Without experience and clips, many editors won't hire you. If editors won't hire you, you'll get no clips. It's an infuriating problem in circular logic, and it's one faced by new writers every day.
How does one overcome this hurdle? What can the rookie do to land those first few assignments, the meager start of a truly professional portfolio?
Here are three articles to read that may help you out:
Build Your Clip File - Kathryn Lay
Clipless? Don't Worry! - Beth Ann Erickson
Five Tips to Getting Published ASAP! - Beth Ann Erickson