Sorry it's taken me so long to get back to you. I've had another read through your script, and it's skillfully written with a convincing voice for Madeline, but I just don't warm to her. I think this is a very subjective thing, and you may well find (or have already found) an agent or editor who takes to her immediately - she certainly comes to life on the page, after all.
I wish you the best of luck with her.
Now I know it's just me, but that sounds like somebody saying "Your baby looks like sh*t but I'm sure she has a great personality". And I have to take it on the chin. I carried this baby for several months, made sure I avoided all the usual suspects (raw eggs, tobacco, soft cheeeses, sleep - at times) and hoped for nothing but good things for her and now she'll be forever languishing in a bottom drawer somewhere without any daylight ever touching her lovely skin again.
I'm also not (yet) riddled with so much grief and angst and sheer upsettedness of this e-mail to realise that I am also very grateful to this lovely agent for letting me get this far in the whole Publishing circus thing. I've never been asked for a Full in my life and it has certainly encouraged me to work towards even more requests in the future.
So my baby's not likeable, eh?
Do I say so bloody what - that's just the way she is (she is a bit of a madam but I think she was borne of PMS - if that's not too much of a dichotomy) or do I temper her down a bit and see if anyone wants to give her another shot?
Ah, I think she needs a rest right now. She's been through a lot.
But she still has one more left to impress.
Keep you posted.