If you've been trying to publish your first-ever work of fiction without success, you're not alone. Even the most well-known authors of today went through the same trials.
Here's an article that shares some interesting points on the subject. This one's particularly thought-provoking:
Smaller houses like Deep Vellum have no problem working directly with writers. Writers without an agent can submit directly to smaller presses, and even partner with them to publish their work and gain representation.
If you want to learn more about why smaller publishers like Deep Vellum might be the best way to ...