I highly recommend you guys check out this video produced by NaNoWriMo. The video is a little awkward at time but the discussion is both inspiring and filled with good advice for anyone writing and especially people looking to get published.
The video features the interviewer (staff from NaNo), Barry Cunningham (who worked with Roal Dahl and J.K. Rowling amongst others), and young, published writer M. Anjelais (published after submitting to a Chicken House/Times contest)
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