I've had quite a few bites for MEET ME IN JERSEY with some editors and agents. It's a mixed bag of reviews. Most in conflict with one another. Kinds of makes me scratch my head, a lot, like I got cooties. It's put me in this in between place. In between having faith in my novel/ability to write and calling up my local community college for basket weaving classes.
One said the characters blurred together but the plot was great! Another said the characters were amazing but there are plot issues. There was an instance where they quoted some of my passages and felt I could've drawn out more emotion and the next day someone else said great emotion but the pacing is off. A few said great premise but in the end, not for me.
Sigh. Bottom line, there is probably some thing wrong with the novel but no one can put their finger on what exactly. Or are they just not the right agent for me? Again, this in between place.
However, I did have an agent call me! Yay! Not THE call but a call nonetheless. I'd queried her agency the day before and she wanted to read the full. My email bounced back so she decided to give me a ring. We chatted and she asked so many amazing questions about me, my writing, my other works in progress. There were a few coincidences about our lives that overlapped. *That happens to me a lot in real life.*
At the end of the conversation I felt that not only did someone get my characters, my story, and my writing, but they got me. This writer me few outside my writing circle would even understand. Humbling is putting it mildly. I teared up on a few occasions, especially when she asked whay inspires me to write. A heavy breath left me and I whispered, "My brother."
Agent Amazing said she'd seen my website and read about him. I got so choked up but carried on. She also looked at my other WIPs and inquired about them. It was all so surreal. I mean, we know as aspiring writers agents will probably peruse our websites but she really took the time to read about me, my work, and who I am.
Agent Amazing said she'd get back to me in a week or so and we'd chat again. Then she emailed me what a pleasure it was to talk to me. Wow. Simply just wow.
So, I rode cloud 9 all the way home. Chatted with my amazing writing partner AJ and gushed to the hubby.
Next day another rejection from a full came in with similar issues like above. Great, I thought. Cloud busted and back to reallity. In between again. In between feeling that Agent Amazing may be the one for me and thinking she'll find 99 problems with the novel. (The song 99 Problems is now in my head and probably yours, too. Sorry about that.)
Hopefully I will have something amazing to report next time. Hopefully. And there's nothing wrong with having a little reason to hope once again.