You gotta risk it + work it. You gotta sweat it to get it.
True Confession: Before I got published, there were many times I was ready to give up on writing my first book (a novel) – many times when I was exhausted, frustrated, or doubtful – or some dizzying Combo Cocktail of all of these.
Each time I was ready to give up I’d tell myself: Right now another writer is giving up – but if I keep going, I am that much closer to being the author who catches a publishing house’s eye.
Then I’d motivate myself the same way [...]