For the purposes of torturing myself, I'd love to know the odds of representation post R&R. You know, for when writer's block hits and I need something to do.
These are the kinds of questions you ask when you're trying to make sense of things that have no pattern, no discernible method, and wildly unpredictable results.
It's a very human thing trying to find patterns in the chaos.
We've been doing it since we started seeing patterns in the stars and assigning stories to mountains.
Unfortunately though, there is no One True Answer.
What I can tell you is I do not ask for revisions on manuscripts I have no intention of taking on. I don't suggest revisions and resubmissions unless I think the manuscript and the author have promise.
In fact I often ask for revisions before making an offer of representation so I can see how the author does with editorial suggestions.
But the bottom line here is that what happens with another writer has ZERO impact on your revision and your manuscript. If I said no after 99 revisions, that does not mean the chances of me saying no to you are high. Every manuscript rises and falls on its own merits.
Thus: worry about the ONE thing you control, and the ONE thing that will be important if you get an R&R request, and that of course is your book. Make it the best novel you've ever written, then let it sit, and revise it till it's better.
None of this is going to help you when you get writer's block.
I don't have any experience with writer's block since I work on a daily 7am deadline and it's post or you guyz sending flying monkeys to find out if I'm alive.
So, if you're having writer's block I suggest writing anything. Write out a poem from a book of poems you love.
Find writing prompts and use those.
Run your own private flash fiction contest and write 100 words using: block, writer, sesame, shark and monkey in the story.
Our own John Davis Frain has been writing daily blog posts for a while now. You might ask him how he deals with lack of enthusiasm or motivation.
My client Jeff Somers has written one short story every month since he was 19. Sometimes they're good. Sometimes not. But he writes. Jeff is one of the most disciplined writers I've ever seen.
I think writers block is brought on largely by wanting to write well, and fearing you're not.
You don't have to write well, you have to revise well.
Revision is where the novel takes shape.