After Publication -- Expectations
I don't know whose he's been talking with (we run in different critique group circles), but he IS right. It gets a lot tougher after publication. Mario said that OTHER'S expectations (publishers, agents, editors) of you and your work become higher for you. Which is true, too.
I think it was Heinlein who said that when he started out his writing career, he could write 3 books and only 1 of them had to be good. As time progressed, EVERY book had to be good.
Maybe because tv and film have lured people away from reading -- but, on the other hand, there's not much allowance for "failure" there, either.
I think it might be the immediate gratification issue in our society. Things should be good and available. And easy to do.
Most books are not easy. And if they must be good and quickly available, most authors scramble hard to keep up the quality and the pace.
May your writing be quick, painless and EXCELLENT today.