That didn't discourage me. I took my novel and query letter to the internet and enter contests. I learned something HUGE here. That my story, although I am super proud of myself to have finished it, was not a story ready for an agent or the world.
I have since put that first manuscript away. Maybe one day I will brush the dust off of it and see if I can rework the story, but for now I am just proud to have finished something. I also truly believe that this is something necessary for every writer. To have some experience, although limited, in querying agents and allowing others to critique your writing is extremely important. I know that once I finish manuscript number two, I will have a better idea what to expect from the whole process.
And a better idea is now what I have. The WIP I am currently writing, and will finish during NaNoWriMo, is exciting! I have completely moved out of my comfort zone to write something that will be a thriller. Nothing will be given away here yet, I will hold that close to my chest for now. One thing I can leave you with is a song that really represents what I am writing.
See you all at NaNoWriMo!!!!