Fortunately, "challenging" and "impossible" have two, very different, definitions.
Writing for a living is doable.
Proof of this comes, not only in the form of successful writers such as Gillian Flynn, Tina Fey, and Marissa Meyer, but from "How To" sites created by helpful individuals who are already a part of the literary world.
These sites, some by literary agents and others by writers, have great advice on how to write query letters, how to land an agent, and even how to write and get your books out there without a literary agent.
Here are three of my favorite sites:
Thursday's With Amanda
Amanda Luedeke is a literary agent with MacGregor Literary. Every Thursday, she posts about growing your author platform. You can follow her on Twitter @amandaluedeke or join her Facebook group to stay current with her wheelings and dealings as an agent.
Kristin Nelson, a well known U.S. literary agent, offers her blog followers an insightful behind-the-scenes peek into the writing world. Her agency also creates a newsletter with helpful tips for writers, news on upcoming books, and writer's conferences.
Rebecca Berto- Novel Girl
Rebecca Berto is an Editorial Assistant at Thomson Reuters and she loves books! She began studying Certificate IV in Professional Writing and Editing in 2011 and is very willing to share her expertise in writing in her awesome blog series.
These three sites are just a few of the many helpful How-To sites on writing (such as The Creative Penn and Writer's Digest) that are out there.
So, for the newbie writer like me, these sites are just awesome!!