A friend wrote to me about the process of writing and publishing and told me that the hardest part was being patient. Sigh. She told me how even with an agent a publisher took a year to decide on her book. Another sigh. But she told me to keep writing and keep submitting, so that's where I am. It's important to stay balanced and just enjoy life. Below is a link to Nathan Bransford's blog and he has some insights on how writers can do just that.