The ultimate takeaway is that you never know when and where you're going to find love. It's important to be open to it so when cupid does strike, love sticks.
Pardon the pun, but don’t write off self-publishing. Upon completing my first novel, Click, I explored the traditional publishing route and got feedback from multiple literary agents. One in particular explained the current economic state of the publishing industry to me. Due to the large investment to edit, produce, distribute and market a work by an unknown author, many large publishers won’t take the risk. If you aren't able to secure an agent or publishing offer, self-publishing is a way to get your work out there. After self-publishing several books, I secured a publisher for my latest release. I'm also reminded of some advice I was once given. I had interviewed Charles Rosen, one of the producers of the original Beverly Hills 90210, for an alumni magazine article while I was in graduate school. And I'll never forget what he told me, "Don't fall in love with your words, because somebody above will probably change them." One of the great benefits of self-publishing is that you can really take control of the process.