At present count, 14 out of the 24 queries I've sent out have resulted in my story being rejected. I had two publishers ask for more material, but they ultimately said no. And it's past the deadline most of the remaining agents were supposed to get back to me. At this point, it's obvious that I'm never going to get published.
So because I've literally devoted almost two years of my life to this book, I'm thinking of self-publishing it. I know it probably won't do that great, but I don't want to just shelf it after spending so much time working on it. Right now, I'm looking for an editor. I was recommend one group, but they want to charge me over $700 to edit my manuscript. Considering I probably won't even make $10 off of it, that seems a bit much.
If anyone has any suggestions or can recommend an editor with a reasonable rate, please let me know.