Dear Miss Snark,
I am sorely in need of guidance. I know I've been a nitwit, but I hope you will explain to me exactly how.
A best-selling author of my acquaintance was kind enough to read my first chapter, then suggested I send a partial to his agent. He must have contacted her as well, because she immediately requested the full manuscript.
A month later, I received a form rejection letter. I had been under the delusion that an agent who liked something enough to ask for 300 more pages would offer a sentence or two highlighting the book's inadequacies. I'm not talking about query letters or even partials - just full manuscripts.
So I emailed her. (Nitwit alert). I thanked her for considering the work and asked her generally where my manuscript lagged (character, plot, etc.). I'm serious about improving as a writer, so the feedback could have really helped me. I haven't heard back.
So, a) have I committed an unpardonable sin? (venial not mortal) b) did she only request the full manuscript to please her client? (no) c) will this faux pas reflect badly on my acquaintance, since his agent now thinks he has psycho stalker talentless friends? *(yup)
Obviously I shouldn't have asked for the favor of her reaction if she wasn't willing to offer it freely. On the other hand, how shall I improve if the only people who see the full manuscript are either related to me or choose to take their insight to the grave? You yourself get better at recognizing the quality or lack thereof in your work. You join a critique group. You find good beta readers.
Obsessing about this is really cutting into my writing time. so stop
On a related note, will the crapometer ever accept full manuscripts? Boy howdy, that'd be a help. Or you could auction off a full Monty crapometer (a full crappy?) as a charitable endeavor, with the proceeds going to fund a retirement home for the chronically unpublished.
You've gone round the bend for even thinking it is remotely possible enough to ask about. First, a full length novel of 60,000 words on the crapometer would require about 200 posts.
It takes a minimum of five hours to read 60,000 words. Add five hours of critique thinking and writing. For the benefit of ONE person. You can safely categorize this under "never".
You need to reach out and find some other writers. You're obsessing too much and you're losing touch with reality. Time for a cold dose of reality best found in a good critique group.