I feel like this is kind of what I was talking about, with why Life of Gaia was going so much easier? Sure you want to put out the best product that you can every time, the best story, but like anything else, the more you do it the better your craft will become. You just have to let yourself get started!

Carly Watters, Literary Agent Blog

Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn

Room by Emma Donoghue

Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel

What do these books have in common? They’re an author’s breakout book in the international mainstream media, but guess what–it wasn’t their debut.

Every breakout book has a story behind it and a labour of love from all people involved. It takes years to build a writing career. Years of developing the craft, years of working with critique partners, agents, and editors. It’s easy to put a lot of pressure on yourself as a new writer thinking that every word on the page has to be perfect. But you know what–it’s all a step in the right direction. It’s all a step towards a long career in writing. Each word, chapter, and novel is a step in the path of your writing dreams. And when you start to stress that things aren’t going your way and the literary…

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