1. Don't be scared of the knock backs. If you are that sensitive then you shouldn't be writing. It's an endurance test.
2. Discover a new writer every year, even if you just read one book. Seek out the best because it will give a context to your own voice.
3. There is no book that I have come across that I have published - or have been disappointed abut not publishing - that didn't need editing. The great thing is feedback, feedback and then a little bit more feedback.
Ah, yes. I'm going to print this out and put it on my newly cleared noticeboard.