So I have gone from my first query, to my first partial request, to my first rejection in the space of just a few days. Talk about roller coaster!
Yes, the agent with the partial opted to pass. And I'm sad, of course, but I know that it's all part and parcel with the publishing game. The agent had several nice things to say, and hopefully someone else will be interested.
I think I'm going to stick with the queries I have out at the moment, and see what responses I get back before sending any more out. No one says I have to do this all at once, anyway.
If it looks like I'm getting partial requests that turn into rejections, though, I think that's going to speak pretty loudly to my writing skill in general. And that's depressing.