Just a little history...
I wrote GRAVITY in roughly three months, revised for two months, and then began querying. My request rate was insane, so I thought I was onto something. Boy was I ever wrong. I queried too early. Way, way, way, way too early. I should have let the MS rest for a few months first. Well, after receiving valuable feedback from several agents, I rewrote GRAVITY from scratch. That was one of the best--and hardest--decisions I ever made.
I began querying again a few months after finishing that draft and ended up with multiple agent offers and an offer from Entangled. Lesson learned. :)
So...want to see some of the rejections that helped shape GRAVITY? Here ya go!
"I'm not sure aliens are salable, lovable or otherwise."
"This isn't for me."
"I'm not feeling enough passion to move forward."
(Sorry, this one made me laugh!)
The rejections that helped me rewrite the story:
"Why are you making this protagonist so stupid?"
(Plus lots of other comments that made me want to throw up--or cry. But this was a very important rejection. Ari went from a weak MC, to strong and capable and smart on her feet.)
"This feels too familiar. More world-building is needed."
(I received several rejections like this. So what did I do? I revamped my world to make it more futuristic and deepened the world. I found that it wasn't necessary to dump facts here and there. I could lace them into the story so the reader didn't feel overwhelmed.)
Now enough negativity. Want to see my offer?
I thought you might. :)
From Heather Howland, Senior Entangled Teen editor:
"I've finished reading GRAVITY and wow, what an awesome story!"
(This was sent two days after I sent the full MS to Heather. I couldn't believe it! At this point it still had to go to acquisitions, so I wasn't in the clear yet.)
"I have fabulous news! We've made it through the acquisition board and GRAVITY unanimously won us over. I'd love to chat with you as soon as you're available about my contract offer."
(The official offer.)