When I first started to write for children (about twenty years ago, gasp!), I was sure there must be some secret to getting published. Whenever I talked to published writers I listened carefully, hoping to uncover the secret they were obviously privy to that I had yet to discover. If these other writers--these published writers--sensed the desperation and yearning behind the questions I put to them, they were gracious enough to pretend not to notice. Ultimately, I did get published, but not because of any one thing I learned from other writers. In fact, if there is any secret to getting published, I think it is this: You must want to enough.
What do I mean by enough? Enough to:
- learn as much about the craft of writing as you can (classes, conferences, books, blogs, etc.)
- learn as much about the business side of writing as you can (same resources as above)
- keep writing and submitting even in the face of numerous "rejection" letters
That's it. It's the only secret to getting published that I know really works.