This has bothered me for a long time. Has anyone else noticed how agents’ agency profiles contain the same type of vague fluff against which they preach? Here are just a few, real examples from agents' bios and profiles:
“If you have a provocative idea, a grasp on your platform, and a fabulous title and hook, I’d love to see it!” Hmm, no author has any of these.
“With books, there’s just something about strong female characters holding their own against the world.” I guess my female protagonist, who’s charged with maintaining the balance between good and evil, is too weak.
You get the gist. These wish lists provide no real insight into the agents’ actual preferences, and the overuse of adjectives is, well, ironic. Fantastic, quirky, original, unique, bold, fun, edgy. Most authors would say their work could fall into one of those categories. Oh, and I checked my own MS, and it contains none of those adjectives.
Agents, do us a favor, and mean what you say and say what you mean.