Goodreads asked Cyrus Alderwood:

What’s your advice for aspiring writers?

Cyrus Alderwood Don't forget that you are first and foremost a WRITER. So...write. Don't lose hope and ignore your talent or passion if you don't land an agent or get a lucrative book deal. I self-publish and have been turned down by every agent that I approached. If I counted my success by book sales and publicity then I would be a complete failure. Success is when someone reads one of my books and then emails me about how much they laughed, or about how much they enjoyed the story. Put away all the distractions of the actual business and write...write for you.

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