Originally Posted by WJCherf
My experiences with the mainstream publishing world were so dismal that it stalled my eventual publications by some ten years. Throwing a ms. "over the transom" is a simply a ridiculous exercise of self-abuse. Finding an agent even worse. Much less that "agent" being successful with landing a proper publishing house. Praise God and break out the beer for POD and self-publishing tools.
I'm going to be honest, with an attitude like that of course your experience would be dismal, especially if your idea of submitting manuscripts to agents was "throwing a ms. "Over the transom"
" (perhaps you should read a dictionary on the meaning) Any unsolicited submission would result in failure and being ignored. That's what "query letters" are for.
I wouldn't praise God for self-publishing, now we get to sort through hundreds of horrible publications that previously would have never seen the light of day because they were just that, horrible.