suggested I keep querying instead of being all defeated-ish, and she suggested a few agents I hadn't tried yet. So, I'm going forward with that.
I sent one this morning before getting in the shower. When I came out, I had two new messages from the agent. (Karen: it was JS!)
The first: I would love to see the first three chapters, if you could send them via attachment? I look forward to reading! All best
The second: Oh, well look at that. I was so excited I didn’t even see that they were attached! <g>
Her submission guidelines actually say to send a query with three chapters attached. (Which I did do, of course.) So, getting a request for three chapters isn't anything extraordinary here. But, still. She used the word "excited." And multiple exclamation points! Seems like a positive sign.