Solo: I call it luck.
Kenobi: In my experience, there is no such thing as luck.
Again, neither is right, neither is wrong. It’s somewhere in the middle. Every hardworking writer will need some luck in this gig, and whether or not you believe in it, one things is for sure—it isn’t going to come looking for you. You need to find IT instead. When our band of heroes arrived on the Death Star, Luke knew they needed to go into the depths of the prison level to get Princess Leia or she was a goner. Han wanted to wait instead, until Luke enticed him with a reward. The plan worked.
Like Luke, you need to make your own luck and put a plan into action. Get yourself into new situations, go to readings, speak with the readers, shake their hands and look them in the eyes, try guest blogging or writing in other genres, get your work into small press magazines, consumer mags, University presses, anywhere, everywhere, mention your book to people you meet, to coworkers, family, old friends, your bartender, anyone who will listen. Take risks. The most random interaction can put you in touch with a good editor, publisher, or fellow author. You may not want to hear the odds about successfully finding your own luck, but if you keep yourself open to new experiences, stay positive, and be true to yourself, you will find some. And you’re going to need it out there.
Oh, and never forget…
…May the force be with you.