For those of you who are discouraged about ever getting published, let me share something with you. An agent once told me they could not represent my work because they thought I wrote English like it was not my native language, which was interesting given the fact that English is my ONLY language, and as a practicing attorney, I was a professional writer for years. And another agent told me they couldn’t see anyone publishing a book about ancient Korea. But despite their negative (and racist) comments, I got a 3-book publishing deal with HarperCollins and the final book in my trilogy will be published next March. So my one piece of advice to all writers is this - Don’t let negativity kill your writing, instead get angry, get determined, and do everything you can to prove your haters wrong.