But one thing has not changed. Even with the advent of new technologies, shrinking markets and increased expectations for authors, the single most important thing a writer can bring to the table is perserverance.
In order to get your work published, you must write. The more you write, the more you hone your craft. You must keep striving towards your goal, attending classes and conferences, getting feedback on your writing, constantly making it better. And you must submit.
Some truths about publishing:
- If you submit your work, you may well get rejected
- If you do not submit, you will never get published.
- If you stop submitting--if you give up--you will never get published.
What if the writer who sold after twenty years had given up after ten years of trying? She would never have realized her dream.
I know sometimes it may seem impossible. Insurmountable even. But if you have faith in your own abilities and keep trying, you will create the best opportunities for eventually selling your work. Perservere, and success is sure to follow.