Of course, the idealistic dream of traditional publishing goes like this; Writer meets agent. Agent loves book. Agent sells book in high-stakes auction. Publisher makes book. Book sells millions.
And sometimes it happens like that. We've all heard those stories, J. K. Rowling being the most current and over-worked one.
But what about when the dream doesn't go like that?
Of course, the theory is if your book doesn't get nabbed up and put through that process, then it just wasn't meant to be. There wasn't a market for it. Or the book wasn't good enough. You should go write another one, or several more, and try it all over again in a few years.
But there is another scenario that isn't talked about much. In fact, I'm not sure I've ever read a blog post about it. What happens when your book begins that process and stalls somewhere along the way?