so a few weeks ago i sent out a few query letters. i'm still waiting on a few responses, but one letter came back fairly quickly (4 days, i think?) and the agent said the concept sounded interesting and asked for the first 5 pages. I was overjoyed. first wave of letters on my first novel, and i get a response... but, after sending her the pages (my prologue, basically), she responds with the following; "Thanks for sending along the pages of your manuscript. Truth be told, though, I'm afraid these pages just didn't draw me in as much as I had hoped. I'm pressed for time these days and, what with my reservations about the project, I suspect I wouldn't be the best fit. Thanks so much for contacting me and for giving me this opportunity. It's much appreciated, and I'm sorry to be passing. I wish you the very best of luck in your search for representation." So now I'm having trouble deciding what to do. You see, the first 5 pages of my novel come across as very cliche. Two parents discover that an infant dropped in their lap is destined to become a hero that will one day destroy a great evil. That pretty much sums up my prologue- but the story itself is about all the players in that prophecy, specifically a supposed villain (which ends up being the parents' other son). Long story short, the supposed villain is anything but, and is actually the main protagonist of the story who must fight against his own fate or risk heralding the arrival of the great evil of which the prophecy warns. I've been trying to rewrite my prologue using a later event, but I'm finding it difficult to include all the necessary information for the reader, introducing the twist in the story that breaks the otherwise-cliche-sounding beginning, and still have it be a story and not an info-dump (and given my setting and choice of characters, there's already a fair amount of information that has to be explained). I've also considered the fact that perhaps that agent simply didn't care for my writing style, and that i should polish up my current prologue. Or perhaps I should just wait until i find an agent that does enjoy my style. Anyways, I'm looking for some advice. Should I- - continue to rewrite my prologue, and just try to smooth over/disguise the extra info-dumps - take a look at my old prologue and see if anything can be done to make it more appealing (which i have tried already, but i guess i could take another crack at it) - remove the prologue entirely and attempt to catch agents' attention with my chapter 1 (which is much more exciting) and work in that needed information elsewhere - just be happy that i made it that far on my first set of letters and wait to hear back from the others before changing anything; it was only one person's opinion, after all I realize it's pretty hard to go on with such a vague description, but any thoughts are welcome.