This sums up the basics of the reason.....
"Agents are, with extremely rare exceptions, perfectly horrible at recognizing great new writers. Agents only know how to sell last year’s bestseller" - Orson Scott Card.
So good grief, if they can't recognize greatness how will they recognize me? I'm a fan of Orson. I also love his books on writing, so this quote from him is spurring me on.
I've learned one thing. It's rare for an agent to work with an unknown author, and one could wait years for either an agent or a traditional publisher. I've been writing a long time. I've rewritten my novel three times, trying to break in like so many others. This, of course, has been annoying to my beta readers who like the previous versions.
I have had a few successes in writing, but not enough to impress an agent.
I have considered submitting directly to publishers. I think this method is better than going the agent route. But my novel is science fiction and there are maybe four traditional publishers of science fiction. So if you get four rejections - that's it. Plus you may end up waiting a year to get those rejections.
I've decided life is too short. I can put my novel on Amazon and reach people who like to read my kind of stories. After all, it's possible they do exist. *grin*
There are a couple of good small publishers I could've have submitted it to. At least one, I'm sure I could've gotten it in there. I think highly of them both, but the other factor is price control.
The hardest part though is the proofreading. I can't afford an editor. Beta readers tend to get busy and not finish. I don't blame them. Life is hectic. I've listened to it on the Kindle twice with that monotone voice. It's rather torturous, but it's the best way to catch little typos.
The artwork is the second hardest part of it. I'm fortunate to have a friend who does computer graphics and was kind enough to help me out for free.
Anyway, my novel is polished and almost ready to go.
Oh yes, you can see the cover if you're curious.