I think one of the biggest current misconceptions about “Be An Agent for a Day” involves ignoring this little number in the rules and regulations:
6. For the purposes of this contest you are looking for queries that demonstrate publishable potential, not necessarily your genres of interest.
I was kind of surprised to see that people outright discounted certain genres that they weren’t interested in, on the grounds that agents do this as well.
Yes. We are allowed to specialize. To a certain extent. No agent I know limits themselves solely to genres they like to read for pleasure. You just can’t make a living that way. Every agent focuses on projects they are passionate about, but agents are passionate about selling. We take on things we strongly believe we can sell. Even if it’s not what we would read if we were civilians.
All that said, how do you think you did? If you had to bet, how many of the actually published books do you think you chose? Are you confident in your choices?