He also spoke about being aware of our daydreams, as well as what is happening to us and where it's coming from. Again, our subject matter springs from these understandings: it's where our imagination wants us to go.
He voiced an excellent mantra for writers: "I want to be a first-rate version of myself, not a second-rate version of someone else."
Gordon Warnock, Senior Agent in the Andrea Hurst Literary Agency, urged writers to actively educate themselves about the industry and their craft by attending conferences, becoming involved in a writers' group which will be honest about what is written and offer suggestions for improvement, reading industy publications and selected blogs, and joining appropriate writer organizations (RWA, Mystery Writers of America, for example). To choose a conference best suited to individual needs, he suggested Shawguides.com
He shared additional links for finding markets: The Writers Market (updated yearly), Duotrope, and Jeff Herman's Guide.