I've waited an entire lifetime to write this one sentence:
My novel will be published.
One thing I've learned is that everyone's path is different, and there's not one yellow brick road that will lead you to the successful land of Oz.
It's been five years and just as many novels, but it's finally happening. I can hardly believe it. There have been lots of ups and downs and endless hours of researching, plotting, writing, and revising.
No amount of magic will bleed words on a page or make anything about the publishing journey any easier. The only key to success in anything is persistence. When you feel like giving up, try again and harder. Never accept no for an answer. There is always a way where there is a will.