This afternoon, the one and only divine Nora Roberts inspired the writers, editors, agents, and industry professionals gathered in Orlando with an amazing keynote speech regarding what it takes to succeed in the romance publishing business. To sum up, she told us all to stop thinking about the good old days when it was "so much easier" to get a publishing contract and "ride the hard." Because as hard as it is now, it was just as hard ten years ago, ten years earlier than that, and it'll still be just as hard ten years from now.
What changes are the types of hurdles. But the writers who spend their energy complaining about the height of the hurdles will never surpass those who grit their teeth and jump the hurdles instead. As my son used to say when he was a toddler, "I've got my running and jumping shoes on." How about you?