An Author's Journey- learn from my mistakes instead of making your own

I was a fool.
    I blame eighties movies.
    A few months ago, I finished writing a novel called 'As The World Falls Down.' I edited it as best I could and then began to query literary agents. I assumed that the moment an agent read my synopsis, they'd request the entire manuscript and I'd be a published author by the time I was 39 (3 months to go).
    Yes, it was naïve. But, I blame all those eighties movies where the down-and-out writer pours their heart out over a typewriter, wraps the manuscript in brown paper and string, and then posts it off to a top publisher with immediate success. The publisher then gushes over their work and the author buys a mansion in Beverly Hills in the next scene.
    Of course, I didn't think it would be that easy. But, I didn't think it would be this hard either.
Truth is, like many aspiring authors, I was completely unaware of how the publishing industry works and what it takes to catch the eye of a literary agent.
    So, I thought I would share my discoveries with you as I embark on my mission to be a published author. My failures will be laid bare and my achievements will be bragged about at great length.


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