Here goes. Remember, quitting is not an option and neither is simply limiting yourself to what's offered by the standard approach, the system that is. Let's say one really believes he (or she) has what it takes. Their writing niche has been out of favor in recent years, and it may very well be due for a comeback. Where does one go for legitimate and deserved assistance to get their work evaluated and to be released to the public? You've written a lot and have some, let's say short stories in a specific niche ready to go? Where does one publish them? We all need help, of course. Any publishing companies out there or even magazines that specialize in your relatively small field? You find none. You've already contacted many leading writers, but no one bothers to express real interest in your situation. Is it really you against the world? Are you brilliant enough and persistent enough to do it all alone? In the long run, whatever it takes, of course, but wouldn't it be a lot easier to find someone who can provide some needed guidance and encouragement along the way? Who knows - maybe, just maybe you really are super talented and could become famous one day. It's not a realistic goal of yours, but sometime has to fill that role in society, so why not you? You come across a publishing company which, incredibly, specializes in the very type of writing that you thoroughly enjoy. You have actually written a lot already and can easily be ready to release your work to the public fairly soon. What you do? Just sit there, telling yourself not to bother these folks? They are just too busy to rob them of their precious free time? Take them away from their golf, sailing, skiing, partying, their date with a hot man or woman, or whatever else they do? Would you follow the standard advice to just wait, keep writing, and submit your work the regular way? You know you are special so why not tell them upfront so they can read your work in an unpressured way? They might even, God forbid, be ready, willing, and even eager to spot and develop new talent. Maybe you are indeed brilliant so why give this a shot? So they are three thousand miles away. Across an ocean in fact. Who cares when the opportunity is so promising, right? They are the only publishing company in the world that specializes in your field and their stated goal is to revive your type of writing to the honor and respect it enjoyed in the past. Would you be a fool to not contact them? I would surely hope not. Would you just call and risk them just hanging up or saying a few quick words? That way, you wouldn't have the definitive answer. That is, you wouldn't know if they truly were interested in you or not. Moreover, you wouldn't have the documentation , the historical evidence that is, which might prove useful in the future. You have read through the company's website and learned that they really want to publish outstanding work, even by beginners such as yourself. You have read some blog posts by the forty year old editor of their monthly journal section devoted to your specialty. You have also read through the website of the man who founded this publishing company a few years ago. He is in his early eighties, was a very successful businessman, and is now interested in writing in your niche and publishing work by others. What would do? Nothing at all, try to call them and risk being quickly dismissed, or perhaps write an email of between two to three thousand words, introducing yourself and asking for whatever information or advice they are able and willing to offer?