"I actually destroyed the manuscript, I even went on my friends computers and erased it.” – Marlon James
For those who are weary, burnt out, or have just plain given up on getting their book traditionally published, remember this: Marlon James' debut book, John Crow’s Devil, was rejected 78 times by publishers and agents.
That's a hell of a lot of rejection to go through, but keep pushing anyway.
He thought, maybe, he was writing the kind of stories people didn't want to read. He went onto his friend's computer that he had sent the manuscript to and deleted it before destroying his own copy. Then, another day came by, he searched his outbox and retrieved the manuscript. John Crow’s Devil was published in 2005 by Akashic Books.
Imagine he didn't hit 'send' one last time on John Crow’s Devil. He may not have been the 2016 winner of the Man Booker Prize for Fiction, one the most prestigious literary prizes ever, for A Brief History of Seven Killings.
Of course, you don't have to be published or win an award to be a successful writer. The success of your writing is defined by you. But if you do dream of getting traditionally published and haven't yet had any luck, either keep trying or refine your efforts – but do not stop.
Someone will have something for you.