It is hard. Writing is not for the weak. It's more than just penning an interesting story. You edit, you edit some more, you work with book designers, marketing people, publicists, publishers, editors, and then you put yourself out there to promote the thing. I'm leaving tons of grueling details out, but for the sake of this post not sounding like I'm on yet another soapbox, let's just leave it as - WRITING IS HARD.
So for all of the people who are kind enough to send me emails and ask for advice, I am soooo happy to give it. I love to share my experiences and what small amount of wisdom I may have in the industry. I also will warn you, it takes time. It is difficult work, not just for your brain, not just for your back as you slump over your computer chair, not just for your hair as you pull it out, but for your mental health as well. Grow a thick skin. Love what you do and love what you write, don't second guess yourself and don't let haters make you feel anything less than proud of your accomplishment.