Okay, so I'm doing something a little different today. On Mondays, I usually do a profile of an agent on my wish list. But today, I've been sent home from work today with the worse allergies since the dawn of allergies. Needless to say, I'm feeling a little grumpy. And I've also been seeing a lot of these:
And that makes me not only grumpy, but a little depressed. So, instead of highlighting agents that I wish would someday represent me, I'm turning the tables. While researching agents that I'm considering to query, I sometimes come across something on their wish list. I've seen agents that want more humorous stories; I've seen agents that want more "edgy" stories; I've seen agents who want more stories with male protagonists; I've especially seen agents who are looking for more middle grade.
So, I think one of two things when I see these kinds of items: 1. But I do write "insert genre here" and you rejected me, or 2. Hmm, a middle grade series featuring a blind boy who fights crime? Hey, I can write that!
Is the latter a crime? I did read about a writer who took a stab at a story just because they saw it on an agent's wish list, and now she's published! But I also always read that you should write what you want to write--what feels authentic to you. I am currently considering writing a second manuscript based on an agent's preference, but I'm still trying to stay true to my own style of writing, as well.
What do you think? Do you cater to what agents are looking for, or do you just keep writing what's in your heart and keep your fingers crossed that an agent will love it as much as you do? I need answers--and something to cheer me up a bit. :(