Now don't let my enthusiasm for this project mislead you. I'm a long way from publication of my Middle Grade novel, "Collision at Fenway." The process of getting published is complicated.
First, I have to get an agent. In this day and age, it is almost impossible to get published by a traditional publisher without an agent. They use the agency as a way of "screening" manuscripts so they don't clutter up their in-boxes. And there are only so many agents. So I have to send "queries" to agents asking them if they are willing to take on my project. I have already approached a dozen of them or more and am now in the process of receiving rejections until my query catches the attention of the right agent. (J.K. Rowling received 17 rejections before "Harry Potter" made it to the desk. It is a test for a writer's ego.
After an agent agrees to represent me, he or she will make some editing suggestions and I will write my sixth or seventh draft of the manuscript until the agent is satisfied that it's ready. Then the agent will begin to shop it around to publishers. It may or may not catch the attention of the right publisher. It can take months...or even years...before someone comes to the conclusion it should be published. (By then all the names of the Red Sox players in my manuscript will be forgotten by readers!)
Then comes marketing it. If a traditional publisher has picked up the book I will receive some help from them in getting publicity. If (after a reasonable amount of time) no publisher has come forth, I may be forced to go to self-publishing. I don't want to go that route.
Writing a book is not the idyllic, romantic process it is depicted as being in the movies. Unless, of course, you are somebody already famous. I'm not.