I have 7 publishing houses currently evaluating my manuscript for possible publication. Some houses have already read a few chapters and have requested the entire manuscript, others are basing their evaluation on their interest in my synopsis.
I sent another house (not included in the above tally) my full manuscript because on their website they said that they accepted unsolicited fulls. I got a reply in about one month. It was a rejection, but with an offer to look at the work again should I substantially revise the manuscript (they made a few suggestions) as well as an offer to consider another book when I complete it (I am working on a second novel now).
My question is, has anyone revised a manuscript and actually managed to get published with a house that has asked them to do this? Of course I am going to wait back to hear from the others before I even attempt to make the changes they ask for. I am not even sure the changes are doable, given the scope of the novel.
I am willing to perform surgery on my novel, if you will, but it would be much easier to work with a publisher that is willing to invest in me and guide me through the changes that they want made.
Any similar experiences?