1/Read – be a reader not just a writer.
2/Have a hook – does your book grab the reader right from the start.
3/Plan your novel – ensure the structure is tight.
4/Find the universality in your book – what will appeal to all genders/ages/nationalities?
5/Show don’t tell!
6/Be open to the editorial process –both with your agent and your editor.
7/Engage with your readers at an early stage – online – and through other platforms.
Two great writing books (*thanks Rebecca Rennie)
1/Making a good script great by Linda Seger
2/Fiction Writing for Dummies