Yeah, I gotta ask myself this. I have been writing for as long as I can remember. I've had authors review my stuff, I've edited and re-edited, attended college courses on writing to improve myself..and for what? To get a reply back from an agent I submit my stuff to asking me for money. I mean FFS ..this has happened to me soooo many times. It seems sometimes as if there are more crooks out there than decent ones. Yesterday, after I got the news that Rooney was questionable, I really started to question my own writing. I want to think I can write a good story. But as time has progessed, we can no longer submit directly to publishers and finding an agent is proving to be more and more an impossibility. Most reputable agents dont accept email queries which leaves me to send out expensive mailings should I want to get ANY attention at all for my writing. SO what do I get for my trouble? Rejections. Rejections dont bother me...but getting a reply from an agent who wants money pisses me off to no end and makes me want to spam their mailbox with every sex toy related catalogue in existence. Because it's so hard to get recognition in this business..I wonder just how good my writing really is and if its even worth all the trouble to pursue it. Of course, I will keep on writing, because im an addict. Of course, I eventually will recover from my momentary depression and submit again, but this time, I will have to be smarter and more thorough in checking agents out before submitting. I am just a tired writer. I started out so enthusiastically. I wanted to contribute to an industry that has brought me so much entertainment and marvelous adventure through the years. This goal..is a tough one..let no one ever tell you different. There is my rant..and here is a solid word of advice for new writers: NEVER EVER let anyone charge YOU for your work. An agent that chooses to represent you will do so without taking your money (until you are published anyway heh) because he/she believes in the strength of your work. Good luck to you all and excuse my 'PMS'y' rant.