For most writers, the ultimate goal of their work is publication. This makes perfect sense; you poured your heart and soul into writing this story. You want it to be seen. I won't pretend to be an expert on getting stories published, but I will dispel a few common myths about the process.

Money Making - It's a common misconception that once you publish a book, you'll start making all sorts of money. This couldn't be farther from the truth. The amount of money you make depends on how much the book sells. If you want to actually make a living off of your writing you not only have to sell a lot of the book, you have to write a lot of books. It's hard work, harder than most day jobs because you can't make money during the writing process, only after publication.

Self-Selling Books - You can't assume that once your book is in print that it will sell. Take a look at your local Barnes and Nobles; it's pretty darn big, and there are a lot of books there. Your book is just one of them. Needle in a haystack much? If you want your book to be found, you have to put a lot of time and energy into advertising it.

Publishers are the Final Authority - Contrary to popular belief, your publisher may or may not give you a lot of say in what becomes of your book during the process. For example, you probably won't like your books cover a lot. If you want to have a say in this process, you need to make sure your agent knows and that you specify it in your contract.