It was also why my early works were rejected time and again, sadly. My YA series is all self published. I actually had a publisher wanting me to put more violence and 'edge' in a story that was meant for 12 - 15 year olds."He promises that his works will never contain profanity, gratuitous violence, or anything else that would prevent the entire family from enjoying them together."
I greatly appreciate someone who does this but also is vocal about it. Excellent work!
It wasn't until I got to be known a little and my work had started to be noticed.
It was 7 years after I began self publishing that I got my first publisher to add my story to an anthology, and that I gave to him for free just to get published professionally and have my name attached to a publisher.
Which lead to my current publisher that DOES pay for my work, and has now brought me on as an editor, which sadly, pays far, far better than my writing alone does.
I guess it's a long way of saying that if you believe in yourself, then nothing, NOTHING can make you quit. No one can discourage you to the point to where you quit trying. You will keep knocking on doors until someone answers.
Then again, if your dream was to be in a boy band, and you're now in your 50's... give it up!