While traveling the globe (this might be a slight exaggeration) speaking at writers conferences and talking with authors I learn a lot about myself.
One day I’ll hear from a writer how I don’t read Fantasy and the next day I’ll hear from a writer how I’m selling a ton of Urban Fantasy. The next week I’m passionate about YA and the next I’m only looking for dark, erotic paranormal mysteries.
Here’s the thing. We agents can be fickle. One day we’re only looking for historical romances and the next day we’ve fallen in love with Chelsea Cain and want nothing but suspense. If you’ve heard a rumor about what an agent is looking for, or especially what an agent is not looking for, make sure you take the time to find out for yourself. Check the agent’s website, Tweet the agent or simply send the agent a query. What’s the worse that can happen? A rejection. At least you tried.
There’s nothing worse to an agent than the feeling we’re missing out on something amazing because five years ago, at a conference in The Middle of Nowhere, USA, we mentioned that we’re not a fan of Historical Urban Fantasy Children’s Books and like a game of telephone we now don’t like urban fantasy, historicals, or YA.