We hear all the time that the writing business is subjective. It's true.
I wanted to share a huge lesson I learned while querying my first book. Two agents gave me detailed rejections.
Unfortunately, I didn't find Prue to be a likable character. She sounded childish and was too curious and trusting
While I enjoy your writing style, and I think you have a nice, strong heroine...,
That's right, my fellow bloggers! Opposite opinions. Are you surprised? Don't be. Agents and editors are readers, just like us.
This is why it's so important to weigh a professional's advice carefully. With the first rejection, the agent invited me to resubmit if I reworked the heroine, I decided not to for various reasons. I went with my gut and although that story is shelved for a while, I'm now confident that it's possible for others to like my heroine.
Do you have a real-life example of subjectivity to share? Have you ever gone with your gut and ignored advice? Did you regret it? Or not?