She pointed out that all my recent publication successes have been the result of a lot of hard work, and that's what writers need to do-- write good stuff, and keep submitting it until it sells. It means a lot for someone of this caliber to recognize the amount of effort being commensurate with the success rate. Weeknights after work, I'm writing. Weekends when millions are sitting watching "the game," I'm writing. Holidays, I try to get something written, and succeed some of the time. Sure, I miss a lot of crappy TV shows, but last year I got more stories published than all the years before. There's a snowball effect, where you keep pushing, and once the breakthrough happens, the momentum keeps you going.
There are talented writers with incomplete novels sitting in a drawer. That does no one any good. My first novel is going to be out soon, and more right behind it. I, for one, embrace the ebook revolution, because it's spurred me to forego the "Big Six" publishers in favor of a small startup publisher, Briona Glen. Within about ten days, I'll have the link up to buy A Memory of Grief, my first novel. So stay tuned!
I'd like to write more, but gotta get back to work... ;-)