Hello, all. I'm going to get right to it, I'm having more than a bit of a dilemma and I sure could use some help from fellow writers. OK, here goes... So about ten years ago I wrote a book. I was 19, just turning 20. It was at a time when I still had a tremendous passion for writing. I had been doing it since third grade, I was a journalism major, blah, blah, blah, the details will bore you. Anyway, it was a YA novel, about 50,000 words. I went through the whole trying to get it published thing and, no surprise, I was rejected by like 25 publishers. Never went the agent route, though. I tried for about year or two before I finally gave up and moved on with my life. I switched my major from journalism to education for some other reasons, and I eventually became a teacher (which I still currently am). The book has been collecting dust in the form of a computer file buried deep in my laptop, and has been for a decade. A couple months ago, I rediscovered it. As I re-read it, I obviously saw why it was rejected. The writing style and plot read like something a 19-year old would write. It was decent, hardly great. Certainly not good enough to publish. Since I was on summer break from teaching, I decided to try to perform some cosmetic surgery on the book. I have spent the last month and a half rewriting, updating, and changing major parts of the book. It's now at 60,000 words. The novel reads MUCH better (the difference between a 30-year old writer and a 20-year old one), but the plot still needs major work, not something that can be fixed in a month. I feel like I would almost have to sit down and basically re-write the book, to get it to a standard I would be truly happy with. So here's the dilemma. The novel as it stands right now I think is decent, on the verge of being pretty good. Let's say a 5 or 6 out of 10. If someone were to read it, the reaction would probably be, "eh, it's okay." But it's not nearly dramatic or interesting enough. But after a decade of sitting in the back of my computer, I want this book published, and I was planning to go the self-publishing route. Writing 60,000 words is a hell of an accomplishment, which will never be recognized if it stays a file in my laptop. I want to be a published author, and it would be a damn shame if I did all of this work, then and now, and the novel never sees the light of day. But I'm not totally happy with the finished product, I know it can be much better. My other option is to keep writing. In such an event, I can obviously do some great things to the book to make it more interesting. However, I fear that the book will remain unpublished for another ten years, especially with the busy life a 30-year old leads, between family, career, and working toward a graduate degree. I don't have the time to dedicate myself to a re-write like I did a decade ago. Please help, everyone. All thoughts and opinions are welcome (short of telling me to drop dead or something). Thanks!