Quote Originally Posted by Troyen View Post
I also know that a lot of what agents are looking at is sales possibility (which I understand), and that means that if you are a first time, nobody special author like me, you are at the back of the list. If you are a known name you can write crap and get it published. That's just the way it is.
Troyen this is really not true. Every single author ever began as a debut author. Publishers love debut authors. Debut authors have huge potential for multiple books, for instance.

There are numerous members here who sold their first novel as complete unknowns.