I believe you, Hemingway.
I'm not sure, however, that publishers agree.
I've had the report back on Of Night And Light - the novel. In all honesty, I haven't read more than the first page. Feeling really rough isn't the right time to absorb constructive criticism in a positive way - constructive criticism that will entail a lot more work.
I was stopped by the phrases '...difficult to place. Publishers are
looking for the next...' (insert your own choice here, like Harry
Potter or Twilight.)
And here's me thinking that publishers would be looking for something DIFFERENT.
When I feel 100% again, I'll read the whole report and no doubt I'll do another re-write because I believe in that novel. But there must come a point, eventually, when I'll lose that.