I want to traditionally publish my novel. But I have never published anything before. I have read the guides on this site and some others, but have also read that agents won't consider unpublished authors. Is it worth me trying for traditional publishing, or should I just accept that this is not likely to lead to publication of my novel and self publish? Sorry if this question has already been asked. There is a lot of information out there, and I'm feeling really confused about what is the best way to go. I'm far from finished with writing even my draft, so I know I shouldn't get distracted by this just yet. But I need to know that there is a realistic goal of getting my story out there somehow to keep me motivated.