Thanks, MickRooney. I have feedback on my newest manuscript from two objective sources. I plan to incorporate those comments of theirs that resonate with me and give query letters a year, or six months if I can't stand it.
A local author self-published recently through iUniverse and she got some local press and has had at least one book signing and she's speaking at multiple book clubs. That sort of localized fame could be mine if I took that route.
That's what got me wondering if there was any long-term harm to it.