This will be a first of what I hope to be a series of posts, with me detailing what I think one needs to do to be a successful book writer. This post belongs to a subset of that topic - How to get a Book Contract.
Rule #1: Convince a publisher that you have an idea worth selling.
That's it. Everything else is really an offshoot of that premise. What's "worth selling" is ambiguous enough to account for the goals of any reputable publishing house. Sadly, I have to qualify whether a publishing house is reputable or not, because there are some that have a questionable relationship to ethics. I was lucky enough to avoid that.
That's not to say that I didn't have challenges. I did, and they were almost all of my own making. More on that in the future.