Yesterday, I attended the American Christian Writers "You Can Get Published" Seminar in Collierville, TN. Keynote speaker, Bob Hostetler gave some very sound advice to several published and unpublished authors present. One of the main things that stood out to me was the importance of setting goals for both daily, weekly, annually and beyond. Constantly honing and learning your craft as a writer is equally as important. Attending workshops, seminars, and conferences is imperative to author development and networking to build your skills as an author, market your published books, and pitch new book ideas to agents.
If you are not a published author yet, you should try entering the market by way of article writing for magazines or content writing is also a good way to start and build up your publishing credits with your byline mentioned on various clips. This speaks volumes to an editor, because it tells them you know how to meet deadlines and stay within a certain word count. You know how to follow guidelines. This is very important in the publishing industry. This will also help you learn how to work professionally with editors.
The best advice I believe Mr. Hostetler gave us to walk away with was to give good copy on time every time. Always proof, edit, spell check, and grammar check your final draft before submitting it to insure you are giving your best work to the editor. And, always make you meet your deadlines. In today's economic climate, keeping a busy, overworked editor happy is the goal and the key to success in this business. The easier you can make things for an editor the better.