So, as someone who is writing the first novel they'll complete (I think I can, I think I can) this article on This Is Your Job speaks well to me. (grokked form Jay Lake)
The Writer's Digest (of which I no longer subscribe, sorry guys) with 7 Biggest Myths of Publishing. What she said (especially #7 - It's okay to put your book on hold).
Terry Bissons 60 Rules for Short SF (and Fantasy) which is a much faster read than it sounds.