- Have your own website. The publishing business is becoming increasingly
internet dependant. Editors spend a lot of time online. A good looking homepage, with a
bio, writing samples, and contact information, is a cheap and easy way to get noticed.
- Roll with the punches. If an editor suggests changing something, go with it.
Always. This is a business, and should be treated like one. Pros don’t let their egos
interfere with their work.
- Be personable. Editors and agents don’t want to work with someone who isn’t
enjoyable to be around. Writers who are easily upset, depressed, anxious, or overly
enthusiastic don’t last very long in this business.
- Make deadlines. Always. No excuses. If you’re always early, you’ll be loved
- Act professional. Make sure you have business cards and letterhead, a fax
machine, an email address, and an office phone. I answer my phone, “J.A. Konrath.” It’s
much more effective than “Hello?”
Five ways to look like a pro by
Scott Nicholson From The Book of Write Good or Die