Since I'm in the home stretch of completion, I've started doing some online research on what to do next. I mean, writing is great. I really enjoy it, but it would be nice to get my stuff out there -and get paid for it. However, as I'm learning more about publishing, I'm discovering that it is pretty difficult to get your foot in the door. In the back of my mind, I always knew that, but when you're daydreaming about your fabulous life as a best-selling novelist, you don't want to clutter it up with harsh reality. Unfortunately, I'm going to have to start facing it soon.
I've decided that I am definitely going to pursue an agent. Since this will be my first book, I think that would be the best route for me. I've found a few online resources as well that offer advice on writing, selecting an agent, and maneuvering the publishing world.
Association of Authors Representatives
Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers of America