Publishing is a strange, strange business. We've all heard stories of people being in the right place at the right time and who ended up not only getting their book picked up to be published but also getting an amazing advance in the process.
But 99 times out of 100, that's not how this business works. Certainly, luck helps, but it's more about skill and perseverance. I'm with Charlotte on this one. We make our own luck through hard freaking work, research and honing our skills.
We also need to put ourselves out there. And that's a tough one. I think most writers are basically introverts. It can be exhausting to put yourself out there at conferences and sometimes on Twitter or Facebook - but making connections with people - particularly industry professionals is crucial.
I realize this is kind of a repeat of my blog last week, but I really believe that for the most part, we make our own luck. So...what are you going to do to get lucky with your writing career?