Author note: Two days ago I got a very special emailing of a publishing house requesting my full MS! I'm elated, overjoyed, ecstatic, and superstitious (as Jess now knows). I'm sure she will be sweet and keep my blonde moments private. After all what is said on gmail chat, stays on gmail chat.
Now to the post...
You're allowed to dream.
Some people tell you to be realistic but if you are ever feeling lost or stuck dreaming is the best way to cope. Here are ways to cope while in a rut. Who knows, this book could be the next Harry Potter (unlikely, but a good example for dreaming).
Fairytales can't always have happy endings. Everyone loves the original to Beauty & The Beast, Cinderella, The Little Mermaid but change is good. Open up that blank document and make your own fairytale.
A used idea isn't stealing. So what if you borrow your favorite authors story. Rome wasn't built in a day. Use a template (wizarding world) and add your own little twists (sparkly vampires) they can't say it isn't original.
Snooki isn't the only published idiot. No. I'm not calling you an idiot. In Snooki's case it pays to know people. Join a reality tv show, be a begger on the side of the road in LA, attend acting classes in New York. Be a Snooki - Get a book.
Help no one. The more time you spend helping people the better chances they're doing getting published. You're not here to give hand-outs, you're here to get them. Ask for interviews, make random calls to important people. Get your name out there, be a pain. It sells books.
Author Note: Readers views are open for discussion. These options may or may not be helpful in the publishing industry. Consult someone who knows more for real advice.
Author Note.Note: This was supposed to be funny (I know... apparently I'm a little low). Seriously don't take this information seriously. This is what I would call bad advice (half bad).