I received several nice personal rejects, then some forms. At that point I became gunshy, and afraid to send things out. How do you know if you need to revise after receiving a personal, or if you just need to try again and hope someone else likes it better? I got comments like "well constructed plot", "adorable character", "made me laugh out loud", but not quite right.When to think about revising:
When you've gotten a bunch of form rejects, or personal rejections with similar criticisms.
When to keep trying:
When you've gotten personal rejections that aren't highlighting particular faults. This is more likely to mean the manuscript is right for somebody--just somebody you haven't submitted to yet.
The other EA, my adult fiction counterpart, has a sweet little bedtime story for you: The Story of an Underdog
Goodnight stars, goodnight air, goodnight self-doubts everywhere.