Ok, so I can't say I have it published, but instead of going through the hassle of finding an agent and investing money or whatever, I sent a 50 page sample of my work to some publishers in NY. Granted, the chances of them wanting to see the rest of it are slim, since they most likely have to read thousands of such samples, but this is all I'm prepared to do at the moment. I'm waiting 2-6 months for a reply, and then I'm going to break down and start looking for a reputable agent. Or I'll just delete the novel off my laptop and keep working 40+ hours a week. I'd rather not give up, though.