Dear Miss Snark,
I have queried every agent I can find who accepts fantasy-genre submissions for my first novel. I have recieved 28 rejections so far. Of the agents rejecting me, 13 had seen a partial (3 requested a partial after getting the query letter, the others all required a partial as part of the initial query). I have 8 more agents out there who haven't gotten back to me yet. After so many agents rejecting my work after having actually read part of it, is the writing pretty much on the wall for me? No agent gave me any feedback, except for the standard "not right for me" or "I'm not the right agent for this" phrases. After 13 agents reject your work after reading a partial, is it time to conclude that one's book is just plain crap and will most likely never be picked up by anyone? Or should I still cling to some small ray of hope?
You need some beta readers or a crit group.
Something is clearly wrong if you're not getting anything beyond "not right for me".
You might take a shot at the crapometer coming up, and avail yourself of the info in the previous crapometers in the Snarkives.