I may sound naive asking this question, but when does a person know if what they are writing is really content that is good enough to be published?
As I state in my bio, I have been writing and selling outdoor articles for over 40 years. When I chose to write one, I have no trouble selling it.
I know that novel writing is not only a different ball game, but it is controlled by a few people that make all of the selections. Now this would be okay if these people would tell you what they either like or dislike about what a new writier has written, but most choose to never answer your query. So how in the hell does a new writer know if they are wasting thier time?
I know some are wanting to answer that agents don't have time to answer all of the queries they get, but that is an unacceptable answer as far as I am concerned. They are in a service business and they should act like it.
How does one get someone to read their novel read to know if they should continue writing or just quit writing and go fishing?