- Have you outgrown an amateur writer's group (meaning, are you the best writer there or can the group no longer give you feedback)
- Have you read at least 5 books on improving your craft?
- Have you presented your work to those who "*know what they're talking about" and received positive feedback (some examples of these might be editors/agent meetings at writer's conferences, published authors, personalized rejection letters, etc.)?
- Do you know as much or more about a topic presented at a **conference as the speaker?
**Eventually, you'll start to outgrow conferences as well, as a lot of the classes begin to repeat themselves (ie-they always seem to have a class on how to write fabulous queries.) This is another sign that your writing is becoming publishable.
Start using the connections you've made at these conferences/online/writer's groups to improve your writing and network.