posted by Rebecca J. Carlson
A friend of mine told me about her first experience at a writer's conference. With her eyes wide and a laugh in her voice, she said, "I had no idea how hard it is to break in. They made it sound like getting published is like being struck by lightning!"
Yes, very true. It is not something inevitable. Not something you can make happen.
But there are ways to increase your chances:
1. Become a storm chaser.
Go where the lightning strikes. Attend conferences and workshops, especially ones that invite the sort of editors and agents you'd like to work with.
2. Climb to the top of the hill.
Perfect your craft. Work your hardest. Learn to present yourself well. Invest in your education as a writer. Be the best you can be.
3. Bring your lightning rod.
An electrifying manuscript will definitely improve your chances.
This may take a bit. Bring a lawn chair. While you wait, you can start working on your next book. And your next book. And your next book...