novelsThe excellent Writers’ Digest web site posted this interesting article on lessons learned by first-time novelists.

Five novelists share their experiences along the pathway to publication – discussing their writing lives before their first novel, their submission processes, their experiences with writers conferences, balancing writing and work/family commitments, and what they’d wished they’d known before publishing that first novel.

There’s great information here for aspiring novelists, but the best thing to take from this is how very different each publishing path is. (Unfortunately) there’s no one-size-fits-all strategy, but I love reading these stories and learning from other writers.

And you, writers? What lessons have you learned along the way?