Lin Oliver just introduced longtime SCBWI member (and Disco Mermaid) Jay Asher (Thirteen Reasons Why) on how to get a book published in 12 years (or less).
He's funny, talking about writing a positive review of Vanilla Ice as a student music reviewer and how that led him to like fiction.
Jay's describing his book, Thirteen Reasons Why (which, take it from this blogger, is amazing. You should all read it).
Jay wrote humorous picture books before Thirteen Reasons Why, but they never sold. He started submitting in 1994 (and had his first book accepted 12 years later).