10. PUT IT AWAY. Give yourself that extra time to gain some perspective and come at it new. The book I just sent to my Beta readers? I put it away for almost 7 months before pulling it out for a couple of more pass throughs. It was just what that book needed.
9. THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK. If you say it online, it stays online. And people LOVE to latch on to inappropriate comments and plaster them everywhere. If you think a message you write to one agent won't ever be seen by other eyes? Guess what - we are part of a smallish community overall and agents talk to each other. They want the best work they can get, but they also want people they can work with.
8. DO WHAT YOU LOVE. If you're in this because you think you'll make a quick buck, fagettaboutit. We only torture ourselves because we can't NOT write. Likewise if you can't stand romance - don't write it. Write what truly excites you or it won't be your best work, and let's face it, it's hard enough to sell our best!
7. WRITE WHAT SCARES YOU. These words have meant the most to me. I was afraid to go where it was tough and where I'd never ventured craft wise before. But by doing it, I forced myself to expand and grow as a writer.
6. NOTHING IS WRITTEN IN STONE. Published authors have said many times that they still want to change things, even when it's on the shelf. Don't be afraid to change and revise. Cut and chop and add. That's what makes a good book great.
Note on the pic above - How could I NOT use this? But the source looks like it has some valid tips as well if you want to click on the credit link.