Before I started writing, I had a ton of preconceived notions about what being a writer and getting published meant, and while I wasn't as bad as some new authors I've met, I was still slightly deluded.
Here are just a few of the things I've learned so far:
1. If you haven't learned what a query letter is yet, and you want to find an agent for your work, you best crack open some of the agency blogs on the right. Query letters are your first pitch and one of your ways into the sacred gates of the publishing world.
*It should be noted in this writer's opinion, agents and editors are not demons from hell sent to earth to thwart you. I have yet to meet a one who laughed in sinister glee as they crushed the hopes of a budding writer.*
2. The idea of a synopsis strikes fear into the hearts of even the most seasoned writers. You are not alone.
3. Even the best writers get rejected, and if they didn't...Well, we prefer not to think about those people. If you've been rejected, you're in good company. The New York Times Bestsellers List is riddled with people who were rejected at one time or another.
4. You really do have to write everyday. I know, who knew, right? I thought that was just some crap Stephen King made up.
5. You have to want it. I think it's Jay Lake who says writers need 'psychotic perseverance'. I'd have to agree with him. You'd have to be a bit crazy to want to do this for a living.