The bigger you are, the more people will hate you
If you think you will be happy when . . ., you will never be happy
Most writers do not publish their first book.
Most writers are rejected again and again, even after they have been published
the next big thing is never the next big thing
ellipses and exclamations do not make your writing better
You will likely have no promotion budget
An agent is like a spouse—forever
Most people will not care if you are published.
Be ready to write the next book as soon as you can after the first one.
Have a back-up plan. Have three.
Networking is really just a fancy word for making friends
Pay it forward
Write for yourself first
Don't chase the market
A query letter is just to weed out the crazy people and to make sure you are writing the right genre. Be professional and short.
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