Persistence really does pay off. I found that out first hand this week.
After emailing back and forth with the agent who rejected my revisions, she asked for a phone conversation to talk about further revisions. We spent an hour and a half talking on Monday afternoon. She offered me a LOT of very detailed crits about what she did and didn't like. After thinking about them for a bit, I agree with most of them.
I'm going to spend some time doing these revisions for her and then she wants to give it a third read-through. A THIRD read-through!!! So many writers don't even get a first read-through and here I am getting THREE! From an agent with one of THE top agencies.
Hear that, subconscious? If an agent of that caliber likes the novel, then you are not allowed to bad-mouth it any longer!
Also, I have another agent who is nearly done reading the full and wants to talk and offer suggestions.