Yesterday after my post about the rejection I got on my MS a couple of people asked me if I would consider changing the story based on the feedback. I thought that was really interesting, and something a lot of writers probably have to face.
I thought about it, and it would be possible to change the story to get rid of the animal testing element that he objected to.
However, I don't know if that's the right strategy. I didn't get anything from him stating...if only this weren't set in an animal testing lab, I'd love to represent it. My feeling is that he would pass either way, and this was something he could grab onto that would give him an out, without the dreaded (this is not right for my list).
But if the right agent offered representation contingent on revisions that I felt comfortable with, I'd absolutely do it.
Or if I hear from more than one agent, I really liked this but can't deal with animal testing, then I'll definately change it.
For now though, I'm still hoping for an agent who says, "this animal testing angle really speaks to me." So the journey continues.
But what would you do? Have you ever changed your MS based on the preference of an agent vs the advice of an agent? When would you do this and when would you keep looking?