Hello to all! When I began my first novel, I promised myself that I would never allow myself to be put under pressure to finish it. I fondly imagined it would take a couple of years. In the event, it took 16! Mind you, I wasn't actually working on it all that time but I was continuing my research by one means or another. It is now completely finished, revised, ruthlessly re-revised etc. I have even written appropriate music for the text. I have now started another novel which is well under way and I have a set of short stories, intended as a single volume, which is almost finished. I would very much like to publish my first novel, now, but need advice as I am completely ignorant of the world of publishing. I have already realised that I am at a disadvantage because my first book is so long. It is broken down into three books, 53 chapters in all and the total word count is 383, 376. It is also difficult to fit into any one genre, encompassing as it does several different fields: historical (as accurate as I can make it) and religious/philosophical: being set in the early 15th century, it has, it of course to be seen from a Roman Catholic viewpoint. It is in effect, a kind of parable. I've written a chapter by chapter synopsis but even this is 27 pages long in order to give a comprehensible overview of the whole. Everyone who has read from the text has been encouraging but what do I do now? Does anyone know of an agent in the UK who might be prepared to help me? - an agent who would not pressurise me to complete the work in hand. Is it better to go it alone? Most of the publishers I've contacted directly don't even deign to reply. I'm hoping that by joining this forum, I'll feel less isolated and that the canny among you will help to direct me.