Happily, even when I'm too ill to get to my computer and count how many queries are adding up (I'm still afraid, but I know it's in the triple digits, easy), and can barely leave my room, I can still get real mail.
And there's an excellent interview with Emma Donoghue, author (most recently) of Room, in this issue of Writer's Digest.
My favorite quote:
Some journalists even slightly scold me, like, "Now you've learned how to be commercial. Will you do it again next time?" And I say, "No, it doesn't work that way." There would be no surer way to write a complete failure of a book than to try and in any way recapture Room. Bestsellers are completely unpredictable, and you certainly don't manage to be original by looking over your shoulder at your possible readership and trying to guess what they will like. The only way to succeed as a writer--in literary fiction, anyway--is to follow your personal obsessions. And once in awhile, your obsessions will happen to overlap with the obsessive interests of a lot of readers.
I've said this before, of course. But if it takes a bestselling author saying the same thing for you to believe it--not only believe it, but internalize it--then I am happy to type up all of the quotes like this I see over the next year.
When I'm feeling better, of course.
Hope this finds you well.