"Be friendly. Be kind. How is that a writing tip? Because when you're *this close* to getting a publishing contract, the agent and then the editor want to talk to you on the phone. Your people skills are part of what helps them decide if they want to represent you or work with you-- because believe me, they have a very large pool from which to choose. If an author shows she is easy to work with, she's a safer bet for the publisher, who will often put more money behind her book because they know she won't let her ego compromise her relationship with her editor. And once you have that contract in your hands, you're going to need cover blurbs from published authors, and people to promote your book on their blogs and mention it in their guest posts or interviews. If you've been kind to people along the way, this will happen easily and naturally. So when you come across idiotic posts in writing forums, learn to roll your eyes rather than fire off a snarky reply. You're going to need that skill, anyway, once your book is published and you enter the wonderful world of getting reviewed."
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An American Library Association-Booklist Top Ten Debut of 2011
A Cosmo UK Pick of the Week