What are three things you wish you'd known before you reached where you are now?
I hate to limit it to three, but here are the ones I think of immediately—which means they probably are the most important.
1. I wish I had been able to accept rejections objectively. Like any serious author, I throw myself into everything I write. It hurt deeply when I received my early rejections.
2. There is no place to stop improving. I assumed that once I became a good, well-published writer I could relax. I work harder at the craft now than I did in my early days. And part of my joy is in learning how to write better, even in small ways.
3. I wish I hadn't compared myself with other writers. When I did, they always seemed better or more successful than I was.
Nowadays I say to myself, I'm the best Cec Murphey in the publishing business.