The term “fiction novel” ought never to appear in them if you want to be taken seriously as a writer. Ever.
Being a writer searching for an agent is hard; believe me, I know. You put your manuscript out there and have to wait… and wait… and wait for someone to respond. And even then, you don’t know — will it be loved? Rejected? Critiqued? It’s a tough game to play, but I wanted to do my little part to help explain the waiting.