Yeah..went last night to a seminar with the premier literary agent and an editor from one of the Australian publishers - Allen & Unwin.
Came away with a little happy dance. There really is a chance that we might be able to publish. Both women agreed to take a query letter from us about the possibility of submitting our manuscript!
Their commentary was uplifting: very positive, well very positive after the last six NOs. If we were accepted by a publisher, probably as noveau we might be offered as little as $5000 for our work, but possibly more. That would cover our costs for printing, transportation and we would immediately have a start.
Keeping positive here.
I'm not complaining, mind you. I'm reporting!! :)
So, sent off the query letters this morning. Will keep you appraised of the results.