How many rejections from agents I should collect before I give up trying to get one. I had a draft of my novel I sent out about 18 months ago after querying around. All in all, about ten agents read my novel either entirely or in part. I got everything from "It's not for us" to enthusiastic "the manuscript made the rounds here, we loved it, but the principal wasn't enthusiastic enough."
So, back to the garret, and I cut the 160K word book to about 110K, streamlining the second act and making it, in my opinion, better. So off to a second round of querying and sending it out, and I'm still racking up rejections. Some say they love the characters but not the prose, some that they love the prose but not the characters. I'm not sure how long I should persist.
Can you help?
Miss Snark's Immutable Rule: You can quit at 100.
There are 750 agents in New York alone. Not one single one of us has a lock on what's good, what will sell, or the next big thing. You have to query till you find someone who connects with your work. We can't read your novel if you haven't sent us a query letter.
You might look for younger agents starting out. They have more room on their lists.