One of the most important skills that you, as a writer, can develop, beyond the obvious concerns regarding craft and story telling, is the ability to pace yourself. This is true of a writer just starting out, who has yet to acquire an agent or a publishing contract, and for the writer fully in the thick of their career, balancing writing with editing, marketing obligations, and anything else that might come their way.
This is the first time that I'm reblogging anything, but this is something that I had no way of knowing and feel like all new authors should read. Take a moment to peek into what an agent expects and does with a new author. Thanks to literary agent Nephele Tempest of the Knight Agency for the wonderful post. If you don't already, you might want to follow her.