Writers should be aware that the publishing industry is a business and the more they know about the business and how it works, the better there chances in securing an agent and publisher. Before getting published, I would think of ten things daily that could bring me closer to my dream. Research plays an important role in a writer’s life. Connecting with authors allow you to network and support one another. Writers need to build their platform a year before their book comes out which means Blogging, Tweeting, Facebooking and having a website is one way to reach to your market. Attending events like workshops, writing conferences and retreats offers a lot of valuable information that could connect you to an agent or editor who would be interested in your manuscript.