I started writing a story 10 years ago (2001) and I hope to get it published. I still have a lot to do (I think?) I keep getting to a level of completion, then I give it to my brother to proofread. He tells me its good but needs less characters and explanation. What it does need is more interaction with main characters and the he said this, she said that. This is so annoying as I feel it distracts the message/ tale I'm trying to get across. Plus I don't want it to turn into a poor man's Anne Rice Interview with the Vampire! Yes, its a Vampire story (Not another one your probably saying to yourself?) that I started before the Twilight saga or Trueblood ever made its way to the screens. Its so far at 50+ thousand words and increasing. I haven't written a synopsis for sending to an Agent yet. Good or bad idea? I find that harder than the story itself. The thing that I'm worried about is that if I go to an Agent/ publisher, I could be waiting years to see my finished work in print. If I self-publish I would see it far quicker. I have looked into both, weighing up their Pros and Cons. They seem evenly matched in my opinion. I've been working on it for too long to get rejected. I also have a dream of it becoming either a Manga Anime or a film/ series of films. I can write, I've got more than 1 story idea in my Stories folder! I absolutely hate reading though, I get bored after 10 pages. Luckily the first dozen pages of mine keep me entertained to read on. I've broken the manuscript up into chapter files to try and work on it that way. but I feel I might lose the flow as they might turn into their own stories. Wasting the time I've already put into it! So any advise on publishing/ self-publishing or just advise from any success stories would be helpful?