Usually I spit out the bad news first. But this time, I have to tell you the good news in order for the bad news to make sense. And there's some good news with the bad news, too... anyways, here it is:
I got my first partial request! An agent asked for pages based on just my query letter. I screamed and jumped up and down (which truly terrified the cat) and shrieked at my husband and hugged the dog and called my mom.
The bad news is that the agent rejected me a day later. She said she enjoyed the pages, that they were well-written and my story was interesting, but she didn't connect with my characters. Talk about a roller coaster of emotion! So, the good news about the bad news is that I finally got some feedback, and at least finally connected with a real live agent. And, it's a step in the right direction, an important rite of passage. I know most people get some rejections on partial requests before they finally land an agent.
So, I'm excited to have finally gotten further than a form rejection, and the agent's suggestion really confirmed for me some needed editing I had been contemplating for a while. I love my prologue - it's very dramatic and fast-paced. But the next fifty pages or so are my least favorite of the book. And if I feel that way, it's unlikely an agent is going to get far enough to request more. My goal at the beginning of the book was to build on the feeling of isolation of my MC - she's going through crazy stuff, there's no one to confide in, etc. But what's missing is the juicy dialogue and characters that come into play later. Therefore, I've undertaken a major edit, completely rewriting the first couple of chapters to bring forward some scenes and characters that initially were sitting further back in the book. I also decided I need to play up the sassiness of my MC. I wanted to portray her as very normal, so that when she discovers she's a witch it's that much more dramatic, but I have made her a bit too boring.
Progress! Change! Adventure! I'll keep you guys posted on my voyage back into EditLand.