- Keep expectations reasonable about how long it takes to publish, advances and marketing, etc.
- Make goals that are in your control (ie how many words you write a day, not when you will be published).
- Network—which means basically, make friends in the business.
- Keep sending things out.
- Write something new—don’t wait around once you’ve finished something and sent it out.
- Try lots of genres to see what fits best with your unique style.
- Set creative challenges for yourself throughout your career. Write the thing you think you can’t write.
- Don’t worry about social media.
- Have a simple website with a bio and bibliography.
- Write what you love, not what you think will sell
- Celebrate as much as possible
- Live life fully in the meantime.
- Tell stories, don’t preach.
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