Hello everyone! My name is Jessica, I am 25 years old and have a degree in Technical Writing. While I've taken a couple creative writing courses (as electives), and have been writing creatively my whole life (since I was 6-years old, to be exact. My very first "novel" was a "ghost story", complete with pictures, entitled "The Ghost at Gurnee Mills". LOL) I've always gravitated toward fantasy, thriller, or horror genres (RL Stine growing up, then as I got older, Stephen King, Dean Koontz, also a fan of Michael Crichton, The Hunger Games and The Mortal Instruments, as well as Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter). Though I've been writing creatively my whole life, as well as reading a plethora of books every year, I've never actually completed an entire, full length novel nor have I ever sought publication. However, I feel that now the time is right. I am nearly finished with my "supernatural thriller" (about 90% done, I feel), and in a matter of another few weeks, I plan to send out initial query letters. I'm not sure if I should send directly to publishers or try to obtain an agent first. I am VERY nervous about this whole thing. Anyone who has been through the process, can you perhaps tell me a little of what to expect, or what can better my chances? I've looked online into what to put in query letters, and I think I've got a good story on my hands. Any advice is much appreciated.