Dear Miss Snark,
So far, I've queried two very respectable agents regarding a literary novel I've written. (I've published quite a few stories, all in good places.) One agent read the entire book and wrote a lot of feedback. She said she couldn't put the book down but "in the end," the prose style was too similar to another client of hers, one she "loves," but whose work she has been unable to sell lately. I know she read the whole thing because she referred to late plot points.
The other agent read only the partial. He also gave positive feedback, but declined to read the rest because the story didn't "move forward enough" for him.....
I know, from past publishing experience, that a writer can't and shouldn't try to please everybody, but what do you make of two such opposite reactions?
Thanks for any comment.
I think you write strawberry and the agents you query like chocolate and vanilla. Time to expand the tasting circle.
It will not come as a big surprise to you that people have very different reactions to the same thing: velvet Elvis paintings; Howard Stern; Miss Snark's wit. I mean not everyone liked even Mr. Mozart when he was be-bopping around Vienna, and let's not get started on the mixed reactions to William Carlos Williams. So much depends on what floats your wheelbarrow.
Query widely. Find strawberry lovers.