I opened an email from an agent this morning who'd requested my entire manuscript (I write women's fiction). She gave lots of feedback, said she enjoyed the book, but that she wasn't certain it had a strong enough "hook." I know exactly what she means -- the publishing business is soooo competitive, and in order to sell a book, it must stand out, be unique. It sounds like I'm close, but not quite "there," yet.
The good news is, she said that if I'm willing to consider revisions, she'd be glad to take another look at the manuscript!
Nervous?? Absolutely. Because the pressure is immense. Realistically, this could very well be a make-or-break situation. A getting-an-agent or not-getting-an-agent situation. What if she doesn't like my new ideas? What if I'm still "close," but not close enough? What if she sees the revision and decides it's a definite, "NO?" These are the thoughts running through my head. But I mustn't let them cripple me, stop me from trying.
So, with that, I've got lots of work ahead of me. I'd better get busy! Signing off for now...