What is the best and the worst advice you've ever gotten about the publishing industry?
The best advice came from a professional after I had published a few articles. I struggled with being transparent, and she said, "If you're going to be a professional writer, you must be willing to walk down the street naked." She said that in 1973.
I'm still learning.
The worst advice came from an editor: "Don't write biographies or memoirs. They don't sell." (I've made my living for 32 years by writing books for others, especially autobiographies.) Instead, I urge writers to follow their hearts.
It took me six years to get a publisher to accept When a Man You Love Was Abused. I persisted and God honored that persistence. So write what you're passionate about. Even if you don't publish it, you will be true to yourself.