Guest blogger Robert N. Stephenson on the challenges of writing for publication:
In writing, the new writer learns many, many things. What is often forgotten are the long and lonely hours spent writing when your mind is questioning whether this is what you really want to do? It is true, writing itself is quite easy, but taking it to commercial publication is about the most difficult thing you will attempt in your life. Anyone can bungy jump or leap out of an airplane, but so very, very few will be able to write a publishable book in the commercial sphere.
The important thing for the writer to know at the start is that this will be a lifelong road of challenge, difficulties and rewards. By knowing of the pressures you will face, you may find your personal traumas of rejection and silence become less impacting.
Never give up. Never surrender.