Anyone who writes will most likely tell you taking on the challenge of writing a novel can be more frustrating than you might think at first. In fact, you might be able to get through 1-1/2, maybe 2 chapters before you realize the extent of research, editing, more research, more editing you have to do before your 1st manuscript is completed. That's where the fun really begins because after you read your first copy in manuscript form you realize you have even more changes required before you get your book published.
But there's something very rewarding about that first manuscript. It's like being able to say, "I finished what I started." When you send in your manuscripts and queries to agents and publishers you're most likely to be rejected because most publishers and agents are looking to take on established-name-authors rather than up-and-coming authors. For awhile we have the satisfaction of knowing that at least we're trying, but pretty soon that frustrated feeling overwhelms us as we enter a bookstore and wonder why our books aren't on those shelves and websites for readers to peruse and hopefully purchase.
I don't think anyone who writes ever gives up their plight to getting published no matter what the obstacles. In fact, giving up is worse than not writing at all for those longing to be published. But once we're published that's where the real work begins. You have to market yourself, get your name known, find a reason for people to buy and read your book. You'll find that many readers already have favorite authors and are not looking to expand their list of to-read books. But every now and then you come across someone who doesn't actually look for your type of book, but is compelled to buy a copy and read it. When they do they reach out to you and say something like, "I don't normally buy books like yours, but I liked your title and gave it a try. I thought it was good!" That feels very special to know someone made the time to read your book. It somehow makes a bit more difference if they don't know you from Adam because then you can say to yourself, 'They bought my book because they thought it would be good, and not because they know me.'
In the end we're happy with all the readers who make the time to buy and read our books because reaching out to any and everyone is part of the business. And make no mistake, writing is a business! If you don't know that you'll have a hard time selling. So keep on writing, keep on listening, keep on learning new techniques and markets and be sure to pass this on to others. The network you make now will help you in the long run.
This is just a word of advice from an author at large.