Ah, another great discussion is beginning over at the Blue Rose Girls blog.
First there was a discussion sparked off by Meghan McCarthy's post about needing talent to succeed in the publishing world. Meghan is an illustrator who also writes.
This time Libby Koponen discusses the important things a Writer must have to have a successful career.
She calls her post: What does it take to succeed as a novelist?
Interestingly enough, many of their items are the same, with some differences.
Again, they've invited everyone to chime in with comments about their own experiences in the publishing world.
Do you believe it's BIC?
Is it talent?
I'd advise you to keep checking back to that post to see what others have contributed.