Cole has a timely question for us this round, the last one of 2012:
Christmas is a time of gift giving. If you could gift aspiring authors with one piece of advice, what would it be?
Persevere though the long hours of learning your craft and what you want to write about.
Persevere through the endless drafts needed to make your story as good as you possibly can, even when you get sick of your story.
Persevere on your path, no matter whether you choose to pursue traditional publishing or publish your work on your own. Both paths have their own obstacles.
Persevere even when you when get rejected or receive bad reviews. No book is going to be universally liked. Don't focus too much on promoting one book or story; get the next one out.
Persevere--and enjoy your writing.
Kate answered this question yesterday, and Christine will tackle it tomorrow.