It's a kind of a scary thought: Brandon Sanderson had written 12 full manuscripts before one of them was accepted and he became a published author. Thankfully, he broke through, and now book 2 of his phenomenal YA series is out. (And go here to listen to an audiobook sneak-peek of FIREFIGHT.)
Check out this video and learn more about a talented writer who had to push on despite receiving mountains of rejection letters from publishers. The music is pretty cheesy, the words are great.