Let's make the assumption that I have some talent in writing. Total strangers have read my books and have gone out of their way to contact me and tell me I'm not bad. . .so there is some truth in the statement.
And let's assume I write detective novels---which, by the way, I do. So here's the qustion; Why can't I convince a good--reputable--agency that I'm qualified enough to be represented?
We all have read good writers. And we've had the unfortunate luck in our lives to run across authors who's work, in our opinions, is just atrocious. Badly written, badly plotted, the worst of the worst. They are, nevertheless, in print. And selling quite well.
And you're not.
What set of magical bones do I have to toss up into the air? What roll of the dice do I have to come up six times in a row before an agent actually finds my stuff exciting enough to read?
Got any ideas?