There are hundreds of articles and blog postings on the Internet offering advice on how to write, publish, and market your novels. Most of it is positive and encouraging, as it should be. However, once in a while every writer needs to take a cold hard look at his/her career and run it through a sanity check (or, being writers, an insanity check). The two postings I linked below do just that.
You have to respect a blog posting titled How To Keep Writing When No One Gives a Shit. Every writer at some point in their career feels this way. Jennifer Garam sums up those self doubts perfectly, and offers some very sound advice on how to not let the negativity eat away your career.
Over the years I've done a lot of research on marketing techniques, and everyone has a magic formula that they claim made them a best seller. Over the years, I've tried variations on many of these techniques, often with only limited success. I have never read an article on marketing that rings as true to me as Delilah S. Dawson's Please Shut Up: Why Self Promotion as an Author Doesn't Work.