Epic day, peeps. I'm sure you already know this, but the uber-awesome Elana Johnson HAS A BOOK DEAL!!!!!
Even though she has no idea who I am, I've read almost every article she's written for the Query Tracker website (girl has helped me more than she'll ever know...). Also, I'm a follower on her blog, which makes me just as uber-awesome as she is.
Okay... It doesn't... But whatever...
The point is that Elana's journey can teach every aspiring author sooo much:
Persevere, persevere, persevere!
Set small goals as well as big picture ones.
Learn when to quit on a story, then write a better one.
Read within and outside the genre you write.
Find crit partners who'll help you hone your craft, and return the favor.
And did I mention persevere? :D
On behalf of all us aspiring authors in the universe, congrats, Elana!!!!