I know some authors who pump out books like a Pez dispenser. It seems just about once a month their releasing a new novel. Don't get me wrong, I don't think there's anything bad about this. In fact, I applaud these authors and their ability to produce... it's just not me.
Admittedly, there are few of my novels I completed quickly. Sometimes that happens when working under a deadline. But with my current novel, I have no deadline. I have been pouring over this thing, trying to get it absolutely perfect, for a LOOOOOONG time. I'm not saying this is my last shot at making something of my writing "career" -- I'm certainly not one to give up -- but I'm throwing everything I've got into the ring this time, hoping to make something out of this glorified hobby I call writing.
That being said, I've had to halt querying on my most recent work because I know it can be better. There are some things I need to add, some plot points that need brought out earlier than anticipated, some characterization that needs redefined. So, it's once more unto the breach dear friends. I'm abandoning querying for now and I'm jumping back into editing this novel.
I don't know if all this work will pay off. Who knows if I'll ever land an agent... but I'm going to give it all I've got. I'm the type that would rather know they did absolutely everything they could do and sadly come up short, than live in the mediocre and constantly wonder "what if?"