Got another rejection letter today, but at least this agent appears to have actually read the materials that were sent, which says something. That makes about five out of the dozen that I've applied to over the last few weeks, the rest haven't answered yet, and most of them probably won't if they feel the same lack of enthusiasm as the last agent had.
It does raise a question. Should I mention that the novel was recommended twice by editors at a major genre publishing company only to be held back for the past four years by circumstances outside the control of myself or the editors in question?
I have kept myself from doing that this round, because I mentioned it once to one agent, and he rejected the whole thing before he could even read what the book was about. That made me think that it must somehow scare off potential agents.
Does anyone have any advice on this issue?