I have three pieces of advice for aspiring writers: 1. Never give up. 2. Spend the money on a writing convention. I learned so much from veteran writers, agents, and publishers on how to edit, submit query letters, and so much more. It is worth the money. 3. Get a partner. Find someone you trust. Someone that will be brutally honest about your work as well as being your cheerleader. Use them to bounce your ideas off of, and they will share theirs with you as well. My writing partner and I met on a critique partner site, and we have been very close ever since. I love her to pieces, and don't know if I could write without her (thank you, Amy.) It takes a village, right folks?