Twice this month I’ve heard people who know a bit about the world of literary agents say: “The truth is agents want to like your novel.”
It makes sense they would, because they’re in the business of finding good work that they can sell. I can imagine agents yearning for more promising novels to float to the top of the slush pile, but at the same time it doesn’t mean it’s easy to get a good book agented.
First you have to find an agent that works with your type of book. (One that has capacity to take on new authors.) You have to have a cover letter / synopsis etc that communicates effectivley. There has to be something about the book that says ‘I’ll sell’ too of course.
And to be honest I suspect the ‘good-ness’ of a book might strike them differently according to the type of day they’re having – I mean they’re only human after all.
All up it reminds me a bit of dating.