I found this in my inbox today:
This is a really tough one because your writing really resonated with me and I think you’ve written a very true, authentic story that just gets the way teenage girls think and speak and behave. The problem is I think the story is too quiet and I think based on some other projects I’ve tried to sell over the past 2 years, I don’t think I could sell it. Not that everything these days has to be paranormal and dystopic and vampires, but it does have to have a strong hook, whether it’s issue-based or high-concept or some kind of shocking scenario … it has to have some special that publishers can use to sell it. I’m sure this novel is very dear to you and I wish you all the best with it. But I think it would be very tough to break you out as an author with Spectacle. If you’re working on anything else I’d be happy to take a look. Otherwise I need to, regretfully, step aside.
This is a nice rejection. VERY nice. I get that. But to post it is extremely painful for me. I hadn't planned to divulge that I was submitting my YA manuscript until I could announce to you all, "Hey! I landed an agent!"
But you know what? I don't think I can write what they want. I just don't think I have "high concept" or "paranormal" or, evidently, "strong hook" in me.
Right now, tonight, here is where my mind is: Fuck. It. I'm done.