Originally Posted by markus
I know that Teresa is a published writer, which leaves me scratching my head. Agents are well able to fight their own corner, what is she doing?. My comments still stand.
Markus, would think for a moment before you write in here. The people are commenting based on your input. They don't know what you know, and at the moment it looks as if you didn't know she's a well established writer, and I happen to know that she's defending the industry and the people working in it against your snidely comments.
We all have to go through the periods, where we get rejected more times then once. I know how humiliating it can be and only thing I can advice to you is to have a bit of patience. Even after if you manage to secure an agent, you get to the point where you're tearing your hair off because the publishers are rejecting your manuscript. So from what I've seen in this threat is that you're not thinking clearly. Publishing is a long process, and only way you can speed it up is by becoming a nova-hot celebrity. Even then, those people have to endure waiting times, while the ghost-writers and other people in the industry do their processes.
If you're in hurry to get your book published, then I recommend you to give consideration to the self-publish route. But even then, you have to have more patience than what you're showing now. Don't be an if only man that Nathan Bransford describes in his blog,
"If the process of trying to find an agent is getting you down, if it's interfering with your happiness, maybe you should shelve your novel to focus on rejoining the world. Maybe put it in a drawer and focus on writing another one that's even better. But one thing I tell people who are getting down by the business side of writing is to stop playing the "if only" game.
The "if only" game goes something like this: "If only" I had an agent I would be happy. Then that inevitably leads to the next step: "if only" I had a publisher I would be happy. "If only" I sold X copies I would be happy. Which leads to "if only" I were a bestseller I would be happy. And so on and so on. Happiness is always just over the horizon.
In my opinion, the only way to be happy in this business is to somehow avoid playing that game and appreciate every step. There's not a bed of roses waiting for you after every hill. Try to focus on enjoying each step as much as possible -- if it's not making you happy, then maybe you should put down the pen.