Dear Miss Snark,
Recently I attended a critique group hosted by an editor for a (Big Fuzzy) publishing conglomerate.
One of the stories edited began with the protag waking up. This editor suggested the writer scrap that and start with the end of the dream the protag was having. From there, the editor said, the writer could move on to the waking up part.
WTF? Do you guys communicate with each other over there?
I know this just stuns you but there are lots of people who like things that Miss Snark finds to be total crap. I need only say "Bridges of Madison County" to illustrate that point in full.
My crapometer is my opinion. Sadly, it does not have the force of law or even federal regulation. The world would be a better place of course were it so, but sadly, no.
When those form rejection letters say things like "query other agents cause opinions vary" they aren't saying it just to make you feel better.