I just noticed how long I've been on this forum - time flies! But noticing that made me realize that when I first joined, there were quite a few writers who were just polishing up the last details of their MS and then were going to move on to the next step (self-publishing or seeking an agent or whatever)--and that most of the writers still seem to be at the exact same stage, more than a year and a half later. What's going on with that? For the writers who've been here for a while, or for newer arrivals who are spending a lot of time at one step of the process - do you feel like you're stuck, or is it just taking a lot longer than you thought it would? Is there an element of hesitation kind of like when I don't check a lottery ticket right away, because as long as I don't actually check, I won't have to give up hope entirely? This is just my idle curiosity, so obviously no one needs to respond if you don't want to. But... I'm definitely curious. I was looking forward to at least using the Amazon "Look Inside" for some of these books, but they don't seem to be coming!