998/1000 book agents are not agents at all. They’re academic sifters looking to find a certain book they have imagined already written and they’ll publish that.
An agent read the beginning of Lacy and she said: “You’re mixing tenses here. To correct your work, change all tenses to past tense and I’ll read that.” I said: “The tense changes are intentional and important. They let me deliver something more alive to the reader.” The agent stopped talking to me after that—didn’t even respond to my email!
That’s some bullshit there. I’m simply illustrating that there are a lot of people whose eyes are closed to new things and therefore they have trouble finding them. It doesn’t matter: Make original stuff anyway. It’s fun and it seems like something people are meant to do.