Q: Is there a secret formula to getting published?
A: If there were a magic one-size-fits-all recipe, someone most certainly would have already sold it and would now be a multi-bajillion-aire. But alas, there is no set-in-stone formula to getting published. It stands to reason that the key elements of any publishing formula would include (but would not be limited to) come up with a great idea, work hard at perfecting it, write constantly, build your platform and hope upon hope you get lucky. My experience has been the last element is just as important as all the rest. Of course, if you do all the rest, you put yourself in the best position to be prepared when luck finds you.