In a world where we know our sizes for everything--down to our shoes, socks, mittens--it seems strange when we can't predict what will fit and what won't.
Especially when it comes to manuscripts.
Of course there are some guidelines. And I've certainly received emails like, "You say you represent my genre. How, then are you not a good fit? You lied. You all lie. Agents--you're just a bunch of...[insert unflattering descriptions here]!"
And a comment on the pies brought this to my attention again:
The truth of the matter is--EVERYTHING in the pie charts below can fall under the umbrella of "fit." Writing, concept, voice, appropriateness, uniqueness, timing, saleability--it's a combination of all of these things. What "fit" really means is "right for me" or "not right for me."
So, in my pie charts, this was a slice of pie that simply meant, "I can't articulate it. It just isn't right for me--I just don't love it."