Please bear with us as I give a little back ground information. We have been writing a blog for over 10 years now. It's mostly about our life and what we do, punctuated with tales from our youth and such. We started it as a way to let family know what we were up to and over the years we have had folks tell us we aughta write a book. Up until recently, I have been employed as a Tug Boat Captain, hence the "Cappy" in our pin name. Cutbacks found me jobless with a little money in the bank, so we decided to take a sabbatical of sorts, and scratch "novel" off of our bucket list. Growing up as a child of the 60's, I quickly became a huge sci-fi fan and over the years have read hundreds of novels in that genre. My wife Pegody has long dreamed of writing a novel as well and she is a wonderful wordsmith ,where I am more of a technical report and short story guy. We always said we had a marriage made in heaven and it applies to writing as well. I tell a pretty good tale and Peg is very good at fleshing it out. We both realize our punctuation and spelling leaves a lot to be desired, but we don't let that stop us...for now, anyhow. So I sat down and wrote a space adventure. It took me about 8 months to write and when it was all done I had 144K words of story. I then handed it over to Peg, and she is editing and rewriting. We are nearing completion and at this stage we are clueless. We are leaning toward publishing it as an E-book on Smashwords, mainly cause we don't have a clue as to how to go about publishing any other way. I have put off posting this for weeks now 'cause we realize we must seem pretty lame with our inexperiences, and all. We are nearing completion of the book and the butterflies are soaring around my tummy, so I nervously wonder if this is the right thing to do. My thought is this: is the quick way to get it out there and see if folks will like it? Or maybe we should try finding an agent?? How's that work anyways... they get a percentage?? or do we hafta retain them with a down payment from our dwindling nest egg? Well, for better or worse, this did seem to help; at least I got it off my chest and may be able to sleep a lil better having told someone. Any comments will be appreciated and I'll try to let yall know how it goes. In other words...'help'!