I was moaning to my editor the other day that I was going to go insane
if I had read my book one more time. He responded “well nobody said it was easy
being a writer.” 

I was then struck by the similarities between authorship and
parenthood.

You begin with the conception (the fun part), then the 9 months of
pregnancy (querying), followed by marriage (signing with a publishing company),
then the grueling labor (editing). Then, exhausted, you just want to scream and
puuuuush...Then you have to educate and raise it (promotion), and finally marry
it off (selling the movie rights). Then start working on a sibling
(sequel).