I've been working on my book 'The Hidden' for years. I've rewritten the opening chapter about a million times. At least that's what it feels like.
With my latest version, I thought it was the best I'd written, but I had no luck with querying. One agent said that my sample pages just didn't draw her in as much as she had hoped. With just one agent making that comment, I didn't automatically think I needed to change the beginning, but after a few more rejections I decided to take another look at it.
Last week I submitted it to my in person critique group and they brought up a few issues that were spot on and that even after all these years I hadn't really thought about.
It's amazing what a set of fresh eyes will do for a chapter.
How about you? How many pairs of fresh eyes see your work?