If you'd told me when I started on this Road to Publication that it would take me five years to sign with an agent, that I would lose that agent and have to start all over again, that I would write six novels before getting a contract ... I wonder if I would have begun.
But, since hindsight is 20/20, I'm here to offer a bit of perspective.
Am I ever glad for those six-and-a-half years of practice! I needed every 2,372nd day of them. I needed to learn to revise. I needed to write and rewrite and rip apart and start all over again with six books several times each. I needed to feel that ultimate pain of complete rejection when I split with my first agent so that I could understand exactly what I wanted. I needed to find validation that came separately from anyone else's opinion of me. I needed all of this to feel confident* at this point in the journey.
So, don't feel bad if you haven't hit that golden target yet. Your day is coming.
And you'll be prepared.