I was made to understand that publishers feel more comfortable accepting manuscripts from first time authors who have a bit of credit to their name, i.e. authors who have some kind of literary recognition. I do not know how far true this is, but I just wanted to know- What are some ways for me to build up credibility for myself as a writer, so that when I do step foward with a manuscript, they can say "oh, so you've actually blah blah blahed... I see. That's very good"... That kind of thing. I'm sorry if this comes across as a stupid question. I just wanted to find out if you need any sort of credit to get published- I am slaving away on my first book now, and I would like to know if it won't get published because I've got no recognition. Thanks.