It usually takes a ton of investment (time, energy, patience) to get an op-ed published, and it’s a rare researcher who isn’t frustrated by the experience. Just to get going, you must:
- develop the idea;
- figure out a news hook if there isn’t an obvious one;
- figure out where you want to have it published (and can, realistically, have it published);
- find the contact information for the opinion editor at that outlet; and
- figure out whether they want the entire piece as a submission or just a pitch.