An agent recently requested pages and then called to discuss. She is the first one who provided feedback, which was very much appreciated. However, her opinion (of course, very professional and not rude) was that I should put the novel away for 6 months and then start over. She said that the character development was weak and this cannot be fixed by editing the novel. There were other items she shared as well. She said an entire re-write is in order. What does a typical writer do when one agent gives feedback and the feedback is "start over and re-write?" Granted, she did NOT ask to see if again after I re-write it. Do I follow her advice?
Well, that sure wasn't what you were expecting in that call was it? Yikes! I don't think I've ever called someone to tell them to start over. Email seems a whole lot more kind when delivering that kind of news.
And frankly, I'd wait to see what happens with other agents before taking her advice. It is after all her opinion, and unless she's me and thus completely and totally right 97.125% of the time, maybe she's wrong.
Every single sale I've made has had at least one rejection from an editor who failed miserably to see the amazing value of the book I'd sent them. Sometimes they are able to rebound from such abject failures, but sometimes they have to be stricken from the list cause they are Blind Blind Blind.
I do think that letting a manuscript sit, and reading it aloud are two very good tools for seeing problems that are not readily apparant by reading.
I'm going to bet the Comment Team has some interesting anecdotal advice for you as well.