This is probably a no-brainer for you guys. You've researched, you've written, you've researched, you've edited and you're ready.
Ready for what, though? Most authors (of novels, anyway) would say "ready for an agent." Agents will tell you to be ready for an agent (for proof, go here and here). Heck, even editors/publishers will tell you to get an agent (just check their submissions requirements).
But what if you don't want to? Or you can't? Or an editor puts out an open call for submissions (like this one and this one, too)? Would you consider trying something other than the traditional agent route? A small publisher? A contest (like ABNA)? Or would you rather kill your manuscript and start over with a new one?
In the interest of full disclosure, I (erica) recently sent my ms out to the two publishers I've linked to above and plan on submitting to ABNA - while working on my WIP (or two). So I guess you know what I'd do.
What would you do?
Oh, and here's your Monday recipe (what? you thought this one would be short? pffft)
On our side of WI, we got over 16 inches of snow on Saturday, we live on top of a hill, the drifts are over my knees (I'm 5'10") and I haven't left the house other than to shovel in almost 48 hours (with more to go - school's cancelled tomorrow, er, today). So I want things that are easy and available and require the oven so it helps heat the house. This is super simple and good and always leaves leftovers.
Fake Spanish Rice
2 cups rice (cooked)
1 can drained peas (you could use corn, but I always use peas)
1 can tomato soup
salt and pepper
Mix all the ingredients. Put in casserole dish. Cover with crushed crackers. Bake 30 minutes at 350. Enjoy!