The Pain of Publishing
Here is an interesting observation on literary agent Rachel Gardner's blog by an author who understands fully the drawbacks, high points and depressing lows of publishing a novel.
If you love the work of writing and sharing your work with others, the pain can’t stop you. Nevertheless, the pain is coming, and you need to be ready for it: Ed Cyewski
Heavy stuff, but goes right to the point, and having been reminded, the main aim of this post is to thank someone who has supported me through that same painful process - my agent, Kate Nash, for her unfailing confidence in my work, when even I was willing to shelve the manuscript and start something else. She told me 'not to be daft' [quote] and don't forget to keep writing. I should listen to her more.