Kinda feel like I’m at the end of my rope here. I did everything right: did not submit my first draft after NaNoWriMo, took four years to revise and edit multiple drafts, got beta readers and workshoppers to help, followed the query letter instructions and made multiple drafts, for input from one of my old professors on my query letter, and have followed agents’ submissions procedures to the letter. And all of the responses I’ve gotten back don’t even outline the places I could improve; they’ve even said I’m a talented writer even as they reject my work, for crying out loud. I just don’t know what else they want (and it’s hard to convince myself that they just do it out of a twisted pleasure at doing the rejection at this point, though logically I know that’s not it). Anyone else want to commiserate? Anyone else feel like they’re just flailing away in an uncaring, unfeeling literary universe?