Thank you so much for your all your suggestions and comments, especially your last one. It means so much coming from someone I respect as much as I do you. With my last book, I went through the process of querying about 15 agents. I got a few requests for partials, and subsequent rejections which didn’t surprise me. It wasn’t good enough… and it was my first book. I may go back to it one day. I planned to go through the querying process with this one as well, but I’m open to submitting to publishers directly. I’m also open to self-publishing, but only if I feel like what I’ve written is good enough to send out into the world.
Thanks again for your help and encouragement. You’ve added precious fuel to my fire.