The media tends to make the publishing world seem a lot like magic. You always hear these stories about whirlwind writing getting published, making the bestseller list, and becoming a movie. (i.e. Harry Potter, Eragon, Twilight, and on and on.)
These stories used to excite me, give me hope that someday I, too, could be magically published in 6 months time (yes, Twilight was written and picked up for publication in just 6 little months according to Meyer's website), but I've since become frustrated by these tales of instant success and sudden fame.
For most authors, this is no where near the tale of their book being published. Most writers take years crafting their books, preparing to query agents, and eventually reaping the reward of someone wanting to publish them. As much as I wish to be the author that gets noticed immediately, I doubt that will be the case. I don't write that fast, and I am just too obsessive about revising. I think it may take years for me to feel like my books are good enough.
In the past months I think I got caught up in the fairy tale of publishing, thinking it could happen overnight, pushing too fast to get my book out there. I've decided now to take my time and enjoy my books and the long, real process of writing and possibly publishing.