I know I shouldn’t have, but I did it anyway. I figured I had nothing to lose when I received the last rejection on my complete manuscript. I asked for feedback. I’ve never done it before with previous rejections. Honestly, I see no reason to pester an agent for feedback on a query letter. It’s not as if they’ve read the complete work.
My last submission was different though. They received the full manuscript and called it a “creative read,” but still rejected it. Hmmm. After debating a few minutes I took the plunge. I whittled out a request for feedback and waited. The response I received was immediate and extremely helpful. I thanked her for the feedback, and she even suggested I resubmit after revisions.
As I mentioned, this was not my normal routine, and I’d never make it one. But receiving a viewpoint on my completed manuscript was invaluable, particularly from an entity acquiring works.
Anyway. I’m setting Shadow Cat aside for a month so I can come back with a fresh look. In the meantime, I’m working on two other pieces—one contemporary and one a sequel to Shadow Cat.