After making a list of prospective publishers, I sent out queries and chapters. When the rejection letters came back, they all went something like this:
Dear Author or Dear Writer
Thank you for your query. Unfortunately...
Signed, The editorial department
It was enough to make me give up writing all together. I'd spend 5 year on this book and no one wanted it? How could that be?
After the flurry of rejections died down, I realized that I needed an agent, someone who would see the beauty of my manuscript and get me sold. So I cold called (yes, yes, I did) the first agent I could find who took romance. I wish I'd written down her name because she changed my life. After asking her about submission for her agency, there are a long pause on her end, then, "Have you ever heard of Romance Writers of America?"