I give up, everyone.
That is, I have given up looking for a literary agent. I really don't have much choice in the matter -- I've basically run through every agent in the book who handles mysteries, suspense and thrillers -- at least, every decent one.
So now I turn my eye to independent publishers. There aren't so many of them that publish mysteries, so it probably won't take quite as long to run through them all, but we'll see how it goes.
This really is a sad sort of coda to an adventure that began over a year and a half ago, when I sent out that first batch of queries, full of hope, sure that I was on my way to publication, though perhaps not riches.
What a comedown.
Well, what can you do?
Keep on truckin'.