In the last few months, I've had several requests for my full manuscript ... eight to date. Yippee! However, three have come back (in the last week, Happy Holidays!) as rejections. These rejecting agents pointed out many things they enjoyed about the book, but only gave me a single constructive comment to work on. Even more exasperatingly, the constructive comments contradict each other. Like jellied cranberry sauce served without the ridge marks, I can't quite figure out what's happening here.
Agent A: I love your character and plot. Needs more pacing
Agent B: I love your pacing and plot. Needs more character
Agent C: I love your character and pacing. Needs more plot.
I'm at a loss for what to do.
I have no issues with revisions... I welcome them. But if I make changes only to change things back again, it will feel like eating turkey without wearing stretchy pants. None of these agents have asked for an R&R. Which leads me to believe, they just don't LOVE it.
What's your advice? Besides more pie?
Ignore them all.
The little secret we hope you never find out is
We've all had the experience of reading a book that a previously trusted friend said was terrific, only to find out they'd taken leave of their senses. And I've loathed books that enough people liked it to get to the top of the New York Times Bestseller list. And I kid you not, there are some people who don't like Jack Reacher. I know, I didn't believe it either, but it's true.
What's wrong with a book is in the eye of the beholder.
Keep looking for the agent who sees what you see: a damn good book.