I walk dogs, look after kids and work as a freelance writer. After quitting/being sacked from a number of jobs that involved being in offices (I can't handle office environments) or other roles where I felt I wasn't contributing anything at all, I much prefer the things I do now. The flexibility also gives me the opportunity to focus on my writing - I write a lot - novels, short stories, etc. I've been rejected time and time again by agents/publishers, sometimes with the standard beginning of, "Dear Author ..." lol.... It's becoming increasingly more difficult to break in as an author in order to bag an agent, because everyone thinks they're going to be the next Rowling or E.L James - the next phenomenon. Therefore, the amount of submissions has increased - including email bombardments and it's a lot easier to reject someone with a standard spill via email than post. Also, the agents' main concern is money - so if they don't think you'll sell, they'll reject you based on the first page because there's just too many for them to sift through! As for bagging a publisher, that's near-enough impossible. Publishers tend not to touch anything that hasn't been referred to them by an agent these days. There's always self-publishing/e-publishing but you've really got to have excellent knowledge of marketing and how to sell yourself. But I've always known that it will happen one day so that's why I'm not deterred by the sackful of rejection slips. The way I see it is, once one novel has been rejected by every agent in existence, I'll then see if any improvements can be made to the improvements I already made before sending it out. If it gets rejected by every agent in existence again, I'll work on another story and repeat the same process again. And if the same thing happens again, I'll do it again - and again - and again - and never give up! Once I have my sights set on a goal, I'm determined to reach it - and this is by far the ultimate goal! However, the goal isn't just to be published - I feel compelled to influence people through my writing.