Write a book that matters; don’t write just to publish. We don’t need more books; we need more good books. Hard work and perseverance are essential to being a published writer. If you don’t like to work or think writing is easy, this isn’t the right field for you. If you have a vision for what you’re writing, that vision will see you through the gauntlet of rejection you’re sure to experience. Read deeply (not just broadly) and, when you write, remember your readers: What are their needs? How can you be clearer for them? How can you entertain them? How can you challenge them? How can you move them?