This is a very simple question, that I already know has no simple answer.

I've tried my hand at raising queens this season. My success rate isn't as high as I would like them to be, and my queens arn't as big and productive as I would like, but they are queens none the less.

But in raising queens, what do you do differently to make those monsters? Those large, fertile, productive queens?

In a sense, what do I need to work on, what do I need to improve on to make better queens next year?

I'm obviously in a direction forward, but I'm afraid I'm a little lost on what I should be doing to improve. Any thoughts? Books, articles, techniques, strategies?

Like I said, I know there is no easy and simple answer, just looking for thoughts.