post by Michelle Griep
Not all writers are the same, but there are certain habits that all successful authors have in common. Cultivate these habits and you'll be well on your way to success as well . . .
A successful writer writes and keeps at it, no matter what. Despite rejection. Despite bad reviews. Despite a time lapse between contracts. And especially despite fear and doubt and lack of confidence. Eventually persistence pays off. Yep. It's just that simple.
Divas don't last long. Word gets out if you're tough to work with. So treat everyone, from the lowliest receptionist at the publisher to the gum-chewing jabber jaw holding up the book signing line. Graciousness and gratitude is the name of the game, folks, no matter what it is you want to be successful at.
If you're asked to submit a proposal and you say you will, then do it. If you've agreed to turn a piece of writing in by a particular date, turn it in a few days early. If you promise to guest post on a blog, get that post written. The flip side of this is to not over promise. Extending yourself too far to realistically accomplish all you said you would makes you look like a hack.
Above all, the golden rule should be your number one rule.