March’s FEATURED AUTHOR: Debra Driza on the Key to Getting Published!

It’s Wednesday already? The last one of March? Where oh where has this quarter gone? o.O

But ’tis indeed, and today our lovely Featured Author Debra Driza swings by with a lil’ insight. Read on!


I’m curious—what do you think is the biggest key to getting published? Talent? Timing? Luck?

Early on, I probably would have said talent. I mean, it makes sense, right? You write a good book, you get published. Simple.

Except… that’s where timing comes in. Because as most struggling writers know by now, you can write a good book, but if your timing is off, you still might not get published. For example—you might have recently written a vampire book. And your vampire book might be darn good. But, the timing is such that vampire books are a tough sell these days, especially those featuring bloodsuckers of the sparkly variety. So yes, bad timing can definitely throw a bump in the road to publication. Or even a mountain.

As for luck, well… I think it’s basically just a matter of talent and timing coming together. Like, you might call it lucky if you happened to write a fabulous dystopian book and got it on sub at the very beginning of the big dystopian craze.

And while I still think all of these things are important, I’m going to argue that a fourth quality crushes the first three when it comes to predicting who will get published and who won’t. And that quality is…



Nobody ever said perseverance was easy…
Yep, good old-fashioned stick-with-it-ness. Think about it.

The more you write, the better your writing gets, and the more likely you are to write an outstanding book. And not only your writing improves; your craft improves—things like your ability to plot, to up the stakes, to create believable characters. Also, the longer you write, the more likely you are to eventually hit that perfect timing.

What this boils down to? Basically, if you keep writing, you radically increase your chances of getting published. Also: Never, EVER give up. If you keep trying, you will succeed.


Thanks, Debra! That’s what I tell my son all the time when it comes to playing the piano – practice, practice, practice! And not just plonking on the keys, but actually trying. Makes a heck of a difference, when you do something a lot of times vs. when you just try it once or twice! 🙂

Thank you so much for taking the time to visit this month. I wish you all the best, and can’t wait to get to MILA 2.0!