So you’ve written the next, great American novel. You’ve labored for months–hell, years–to get it just the way you want it. Your best friends, your sister and even your mother have read it and swear that you’ve written a masterpiece.

So now what do you do?

That’s a really good question. One I’m not sure I can answer because I don’t know what it is that you want to do with it. If you are like me, there is no alternative but to get an agent and work like crazy to get published through a mainstream publisher. If that’s your objective, I may have some suggestions to share. However, from what I’ve been told and read, it’s also the hardest way to go, so it may not be your cup of tea.

Agents are very difficult to get. Agents are looking for any excuse to say no. And agents are so busy that even if they decide to take you on, you still have to fight for a spot to move up the ladder against their other clients.

For me, it took four years and close to 100 rejections before tweaking my work enough to get the attention I believed I deserved. However, what I’ve discovered over the last six months is that getting an agent is just the beginning to the process that still seems to be a long way into the future to get what I want.

I know my work will get published. I know it’s even good enough to do great. But if this is the route you want to take, be prepared to wear the many hats necessary to make it a reality.

It’s been a while since I’ve written one of these messages. I wanted to share my thoughts–good and bad–with all of you that are interested. However, working my real job, writing, editing, re-writing, editing and doing my domestic duties takes a lot of time. I’m not using it as an excuse, rather an apology for no doing as much as I would like to help those of you I can. I will do what I can to improve the efforts soon.

Until then, stay in touch and lets kep moving forward together.

Lannie