"We will take the enticing lie over the obvious truth every time.
Why? Because we really, really want to. The truth does not sell very well. It is an ugly, sweaty thing requiring work and discipline. We want to believe there is an electrical device that, when strapped onto our love handles, will give us a meaty abdominal six-pack while sitting on our fat asses eating Milk Duds. We do not like the truth because it is simple, we do not want the truth because it is hard, and we do not trust the truth because it is free."- Pat Walsh, 78 reasons why your book may never be published and 14 reasons why it just might, excerpted from Reason #38: You Fell for Self-Publishing Hype
I highly recommend this book and The First Five Pages by Noah Lukeman as must reads for anyone who wants to write and get published (or, like me, who dreams of writing and getting published one day). They give a lot of food for thought.
Now, all I need is some electronic device I can strap to the back of my head to short out my inhibitory reflexes and get me to just do it (actually, it would probably need to be strapped to the front of my head, since neuroscience indicates that the frontal gray matter is responsible for inhibition - or maybe an iron bar would do the trick as well).
Pat Walsh begins his reasons you (I) will never be published with this obvious gem: The Number One Reason Your Book Will Never Be Published Is Because You have Not Written It.