After my critique group last night, it hit me. That's the life of an agent. That's why they can't take the time to write lovely letters about suggested improvements to everyone because one, we might be writing about something that they just aren't interested in and two, they have lives outside of the office.
The difference between the teacher and the agent is I try to find ways to help my students work improve - that's my job. But it isn't an agent's job, not unless you are their client. This is why we need the community, the CP's and beta readers and even a whole bunch of people looking at snippets of work - their response, or lack, is our grade. And just as I'm subjective as an English teacher (there's no way about it), so are readers with ours.
We just have to ask ourselves if we are satisfied with a life of just passing or if we really want to get the A, exceed our own expectations, and push ourselves to be better than we already are.
Every. Single. Day.
What do you do to improve your work? How do you strive to be better? Got writer plans this weekend?