I've been reading around the blogosphere (I'm an avid lurker) about people having to make big decisions.
Do I go with self-publishing?
Am I meant to work with a small publisher?
Is agenthood right for me? Am I cut out for the big boys?
It is tough to know what works for you. Defeat sets in with all those rejections. You see your friends get agented but you get passed by. Does it mean you suck? Were you supposed to support those around you and forget your own dream?
Some love agenthood (I hope to be there one day). A business partner whose been through the crazy hell of revisions and the publishing world. They're your back up. Some people want that. I know I do.
Some love self-publishing. It gives them there own schedule. Their own opportunties. It's a lot of work but those are a dedicated bunch of people. For that I remain impressed.
Some love a small publishing house. The interaction and support between all of them is endearing in perfect. The ability to have more of a connection with the publishing house rather than the agent.
We all have to find what's right for us. Number one thing - Go with your gut. Seriously. It's not lying to you. DO NOT RUSH because you want to be published. Analyze your novel, analyze who you are, analyze the end goal. Take the time to be right.
What's right for you?