“There is no secret ingredient”

A basic truth on getting published from Krista Van Dolzer.

I’ve done enough research into the history of best-sellers myself to confirm how much being in the right place, at the right time, with the right amount of luck, has to do with publishing success.

But before you sit back, get comfortable, and say “okay, so it’s not in my lap, it’s in somebody else’s,” remember this: it doesn’t mean you can get away with making your “Secret Ingredient Soup” out of crap.

You still need to write a good book.

Waiting for lightning to strike (pardon the metaphor jump) works better if you’re on the top of the hill to start with.