Well, I did what I knew I had to do -- I have queried more agents. It is a good feeling to know that this mss is about as good as it is going to get and is simply a matter of sending back out again, rather than the stomach churning feeling of the fact that the story could be told better.
Whatever happens, it is a matter of keeping on, keeping on.
The thing about agents is that I want one who backs me 150%, who can see that I want to develop my career and who believes in my writing. And I have to keep on trying until I find that elusive person.
As I know from my Lady Soldier experience, agents can love a book but not see where it fits in the market. And an agent's pov is most definately not the same as an editor's or a publsiher's. Luckily John Hale saw where it could fit, and hopefully he will not be disappointed with its performance.
I looked The Lady Soldier up on AOL search and was surprised to see that a variety of online book stores with it listed were the first sites to come up. I have got used to the idea that it is on Amazon, but it is on sale elsewhere as well.
I received a letter today (as well the unwanted agent package) from Hale telling me the publication date (31 May 2005) and the fact that my 6 complimentary copies had been ordered from the warehouse. It is all getting rather close.