"If you could say one thing to aspiring novelists, what would you say?"
Get training. I thought I was a good writer, but I didn't know what I didn't know. It was only after I had a creative writing professor look over my manuscript that I began to learn the craft of writing. You don't get a hundred chances to get published. When your chance arrives, you want to make sure that you are submitting your best product. So, my advice would be to get some instruction from a pro before you submit anything. You'll probably be surprised at what you didn't know.
--James David Jordan, author of Forsaken and the forthcoming Double Cross. Visit his website to learn more.