Hey, can I ask you how your book is coming along? I'm super exited about it :D
This message was sent to me in early 2016, so at the time, I was about two months from finishing re-writes on the book. (I was at draft 3 at that point.) I sent it out to about 20 agents after completing it, and I felt good about it! I got a ton of rejections from agents, as you do, but got six who wanted it re-written. It was a difficult process because they all wanted different things from it: more science fiction. Less science fiction. Make it one book. Make it five books.
I ended up going with instinct, which was the fear that I’d tried to do too much in one book. I threw out all the sci-fi and all the plotting to make it a trilogy, and ended up with a much more thrilling and streamlined story that was now a YA contemporary.
I got an agent this past January, DongWon Song, who is doing the hard work of trying to sell the book. I’m very pleased with it, and I’m eager to get it out in the world. In the meantime, I’ve started to work on my second book, also a YA standalone, and I hope to have the plot outline finished TOMORROW.