When I first joined this forum I felt like I was trying so hard and nothing was working. I'm in a totally different spot right now. I'm selling my stuff on a pretty regular basis and I've had more than one person want to talk to me about a books. It's crazy. I was so frustrated. I was in a low place. I felt like this was going to be a life-long pursuit with very little chance of paying off. Nothing came easy or quickly, but I'm in a completely different place. My work is getting noticed and published. I wasn't sure I would ever get to where I am now. And new opportunities are popping up. If you really want this, give it all you got and hold on. It can happen. And there's nothing in the world that feels like publishing!!! I'm writing this post because I want all of you who struggle and feel discouraged to know that it's all part of the process. Read and write and read and write. Hard work pays off.