ou can probably guess the answer -- a terrific story, characters that readers will grow to care about, and a good sense of pace. Strong, spare writing and unpredictable plot twists are nice attributes, too.
Whether you’re new to the profession or a veteran fiction writer, your toolkit had better include determination, a thick hide, and the humility to absorb criticism and rejection with a positive attitude. Check your ego at the coat closet (and tip the hat girl a few bucks). Most of all have fun and give every story your all. If conjuring up new tales is torture, you need a different hobby.
The great fiction editors work their asses off and pour their passion into every project. They’re not content to treat their books and anthology projects like hack-work. Each one is like a child.
Follow this link to editor/writer James Roy Daley’s blog about what editors seek in professional writers -- and what drives them nuts. Some solid advice here.