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With electronic self-publishing, it's become easier than ever to be "an author." And harder than ever to get attention to your work. Most successful authors have some combination of talent, persistence, and luck. The persistence stories are always encouraging. And daunting.
None of us should allow the collective wisdom of experts to prove definitive. When you take a chance and miss, there's only one thing to do: work harder and return with more conviction. (OK. That's two things to do. Sue me.)