Topic: To self publish or to look for an agent, that's the question
Yes, I plan to self publish Where Heaven and Hell Meet, only it was too much for my editor and she died halfway editing the story (bad joke, most likely). I've already self published one story: Amber Eyes. You can find it Amazon goo.gl/b5JSS8 and Amazon UK goo.gl/mWhR8r . However, if you'd like to read it, I can send you the ebook for free.
When I published Amber Eyes I was also doubtful between self publishing and looking for an agent. I did some research and found that gazillion of TNBW had looked for an agent little to no success. Few have been published, but I have no information about how successful they've been.
Many, and I mean many, TNBW authors have self published. I know at least of one who claims to be making US$1000 a week selling her books. I have made about $300 selling Amber eyes, but absolutely with no publicity and within 2 years. It's not much, but considered I've done no publicity, I think it's quite a good.
The problem I see with getting an agent, beyond the cumbersome query letter, sending it to 1000 agents and getting 999 rejections (assuming you finally nail at least one), is that, if your story is not successful according to the publisher's standards, the books are removed from the book stores and they don't ever publish it again. You end up tied to a publisher who is no longer interested. And you have to do the marketing and advertising yourself, as when you self-publish. Unless you're already a published, best-selling author or your story is really promising, they don't spend a penny in marketing your story. So, what's the real advantage of of publishing through an agent? I'm not sure, but maybe further discussion can take place in this forum and people with more experience than I can bring their own.
In any case, you need to send your story to an editor, for any agent would immediately reject it if it's not properly edited, even if the publisher edits it later.