Originally Posted by DavidKitson
And if finding a publisher isn't bad enough, I can't even find an agent who will read manuscripts.
The agent should be your first priority if a traditional publishing deal is something you're after. It might be changing slowly in the indie ebook era, but an agent is still a critical first step.
(Well, second step, after writing the book, I guess.)
Are you in any writer's groups or associations?