My agent recently left the industry. Prior to leaving, my MS had been rejected by five editors. I have since edited it massively. It’s in a very popular genre (Own Voices YA F). Do you think it’s worth me querying it out to other agents, or is it dead in the water?
When you say rejected by five editors, I'm hoping only five editors saw it.
If that's NOT the case, if in fact it was subbed to many more editors, but only five actually responded, that's different.
If only five editors saw it, that's not a deal breaker---maybe. And it won't hurt to query and find out. Do make sure your query says this ms was repped and (lightly) subbed previously.
The massive editing isn't really a factor unless any of the editors said revise and resubmit.
You're always better off with a manuscript that hasn't been seen.
Whether you have one of those at the ready isn't clear.
The good news is even if this isn't something that will gain traction now, it's not as though you must wipe it from your hard drive and never speak of it again. Just wrap it up in a nice red bow, put it on the shelf and promise to come back later.
FYI, #OwnVoices, and YA are not genres. YA is a category. Categories cross genre. Genre mean the ms observes certain kinds of rules, or breaks those rules to be fresh and interesting.
#OwnVoices isn't a category or a genre. It's Twitter shorthand for prodding publishing into the real world.
I assume F means Fantasy, and that IS a genre.