Guest blogger Kathy Reinhart says never stop learning.
First, never get too 'big,’ too 'smart,’ or too 'arrogant' to stop honing your craft. Read as much as you write; there is always something to learn.
Second, don't stop studying the market. Where it was once enough to create, submit, create… and let Mr. Publisher worry about how to place your work in the hands of the masses, it is now our responsibilty to meet and greet the world. We have to follow the trends, create a brand, build a platform, network (aggressively) and do it all while writing. I believe that writing in itself is enjoyable, something we have in us to do, but writing overall has taken on a business feel. We must keep up or get left behind.
Kathy’s contact info: twitter @kathyreinhart
Her blog, The Lily White Liar: http://wp.me/pZwht-1F
LinkedIn - http://www.linkedin.com/profile/view?id=80654612&trk=tab_pro
Her book, LILY WHITE LIES: http://www.amazon.com/Lily-White-Lies-Kathy-Reinhart/dp/0971327882/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1308587603&sr=1-1