I'm Lynn from CA, have been writing for a few years now, have been to several writing conferences trying to learn as much as possible about the craft of writing fiction. I had a couple of short stories published in anthologies, had a novel with an online publisher that went nowhere, am now convinced that the only way to truly get exposure is to sign with a major publisher whose priorities are getting their authors into bookstores. Now that I know the plan - write a fantastic book, get an agent, then sign with a top publisher - I would've thought carrying it out wouldn't be so darn difficult. But writing a fantastic book seems to be subjective: for some piddily reason, my definition of a fantastic book hasn't yet meshed with an agent's, altho I do have two partials out. Haven't received that magical phone call of acceptance yet, so back to the drawing board for the next novel. Won't say my age, altho I found some gray hairs, so it's obvious to my friends and fellow writers that I pursued my dream later in life. But remember, "Just because there's snow on the roof doesn't mean there isn't fire in the furnace." Hope to offer what knowledge I've absorbed and learn as well.