GET AN AGENT!!
Or maybe my goal should be--WRITE AN IMPECCABLE, BODACIOUS, FLAWLESS (or close to it) NOVEL so I can finally GET AN AGENT!!
because we all know that what really matters is the writing. Plot, setting, emotion--nailing 'em. Studying what other successful writers have done and tweaking their techniques to fit our style. Pegging down real life, believable, breathing characters who won't leave your mind or your heart even once you put the book down, stories that grow fingers and thread them around your being so they become a part of who you are. That's what really matters. I believe things will fall into place if we as writers do our part, do the WORK to create this realistic, beautiful thing that is a book.
I've been writing seriously for almost four years, and I've always had the goal of getting published, of getting an agent. But as I've gone through the ropes of writing and rejection (how's that for alliteration?) I'm learning there's still so much more for me to do, more for me to learn and more to create to make this work. Those of you out there in the same boat as I am, lets paddle harder this year, even if we have to get our feet in the water and kick! :D
I've heard this before, but I'll say it again--our focus shouldn't be on getting published. It should be on writing a doggone good novel. C'est tout.