I got some excellent feedback on a query for my second novel. It was a rejection but a very useful one. In my reading, I like set-up. I like to see the stage, and then dive into the action. This is not enticing agents. Though I cut way down on the exposition at the start of my novel, it seems like it’s still too much. They love the imagery and the world-building, but they want action first. As in, right from the first word. So I need to re-write the beginning. Again. There are just two ways to take this kind of news—we either get bitter or we get better. So I’m getting better. And re-writing.