During the past two months I've been in contact with forty-two literary agents, representing forty-two different agencies. Let me restate that. I've had contact with only twelve out of twenty-two agents regarding my manuscript It's Only Make Believe, Isn't It? *Marilyn Monroe Returns*, and contact with eight out of twenty agents regarding my humanitarian manuscript Vitruvian Man.
Every agent seemed to be playing hide and seek, or at least Humpty Dumpty, revealing what their interests were regarding representing a project. However, when my projects fell within their interest guidelines, each agent said they weren't interested in that genre, category, field or area.
I believe what is missing on their part is commitment. The agents are seeking what is current: vampire, global politics, alien invasion, corporate dismantling as well as government intervention stories, and more and more vampire epics. Then there are the near-eastern hoopla Higglety-Pigglety affairs that they want to latch onto for Jack and Jill concerns. One lit and film agent required exclusivity for three months before he denied representing Vitruvian Man. How fair was that? Not at all! I'll probably bill their office for my waiting time.
There is way too much effort over the Internet discussing upcoming changes in publishing; eReaders, self-publishing, Internet publishing, so on and so forth. The industry is changing, it has already changed, and I believe that is because of natural evolution. The fact is that we still read books whatever media they are transcribed for, we still purchase hardcover, paperback and electronic books whenever possible, yet the publishing industry directs their business at what is popular with the public, and I guess that is what drives businesses - including literary agents. Oh, well, I should write a My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean book about this subject. But first, I need to go to market, to market to buy a fat pig then home again home again, jiggety jig.