I was starting to prepare my agent query information when I came across some of the info from when I tried to contact publishers a decade ago for the same manuscript. I took note of the rejection comments, and there was a definite pattern to them. One wrote that I had a great idea, but that he couldn't sell it. Another wrote that what I had sent was very good, but that he didn't think there was a market for it. The 'no market for it' was repeated a few times elsewhere in the rejections. I think there is a market out there somewhere because I have written about one of the most famous men in history. Unlike a manuscript with completely unknown characters, people know about this man, and I believe he comes with a built-in readership of tens of thousands around the world. I've also polished this thing, and it's a lot better than when I first submitted it, with a much lower word count. There are new novels about him published each year, so someone out there is certainly buying them. On Amazon, I've come across several reviewer comments for other books on him, stating that these readers will buy any book on him that they can get their hands on. I'm included in that group. Fiction or non, I have dozens and dozens of books about him, and am always looking to add to that collection. My manuscript falls between genres, to complicate matters. Finding a agent/publisher who would be willing to blur the genre lines for what I've written is going to be a tall order. This is what will probably push me toward self publishing. If it's good, but there's no market, then I would be willing to put it on Amazon myself and let the chips fall where they may. Some of those same devotees would likely buy it, and maybe it would catch on from there. Thank you for reading this far and letting me vent; I *really* needed to get this off my chest.