At what point do you decide to shift gears and shelve the "baby" you've been working on for the past few months? Maybe you've sent queries out on the manuscript and no one seems interested after months of trying, or you've played the contest circuit until you consider becoming a charter member of Contests Anonymous and still no one has expressed an interest in what you've written.
This would be an easy question for me to answer if I was finished with this story, because I would already be starting on a new book. But, what if you are only half-way finished and the response to what you've written is undeniably lukewarm? Have you ever just shelved the book? If so, do you ever find yourself coming back to this manuscript at a later date? Do you still feel the same way about it or were you right to scrap it earlier? I believe in perseverance but I hate thinking I am beating my head against the wall.