Forget agents and publishers. They won’t take you no matter what you do with your novels. Go indie instead. Trust me, you’ll save yourself a ton of time, angst, and worry if you just take control yourself and self-publish.
(I’m saying this because I already went there. Already did that. Got rejected 681 times over a ten year period the first time. Round 2, nobody responded to my queries at all–which pushed into a 5 year bid to indie publish…which I’m about to go live in the next few weeks with my giant novel. (The one that agents, publishers, and my critics here on Wattpad said could never be published. At all.) )
If you want some inspiration, I’m planning also to publish my entire 308,000 word Starchild novel in one go. Edits should take about…8-10 months.
I realized a couple months back that I am in command of my work and since digital publishing has virtually no limitations, that’s where my massive tomes will go. I’m not concerned about print publishing at this time.
But I will chime in my two cents–if there’s any issue with your book. But it’ll have to wait until Monday and Tuesday because my new schedule has me working weekends past Christmas with the former days off.
As for your last question, not really. Depending on the books I had posted, some liked what was there (my space opera and vampire novels were no problem), but you get into my LGBT fiction books (which one is about to be indie published) and people were losing their shit over it.
So much so, that after three years of endless controversy and fighting and all kinds of bullshit, I finally had enough and pulled all of my books off Wattpad.
What they can’t read (what they don’t want to read) they can’t attack, bitch, or gripe.
You see, it has to deal with the fact that I’m dealing with people who have different views of reality. What is real versus what is make believe or fantasy. So their version of reality is what they have been trying to push on everyone when it comes to LGBT fiction–which of course is a farce and a lie.
And the thing is, they don’t like straight white males writing LGBT fiction at all. They believe that only members of the said community is “authorized” to write such things and be realistic. (Just like only women can write romance versus men who simply cannot. (We’re stupid apparently.) )
So no, nothing constructive was being aimed in my direction. Just a lot of heavy handed criticism and personal attacks on both my character and person.
As a result, I bowed out. I removed the source of everyone’s complaints. Of course, I’ve had some suggest rewriting the whole novel without the sex and intimacy and everything else, but I already went through three drafts and I’m not doing anymore.
The final draft version is being edited and published. And if people here want to give me 1* ratings on Amazon because of it, good luck holding onto your accounts. Because the company doesn’t tolerate personal attacks or harassment in their reviews. (They’ve been cracking down as of late.)