Short answer: maybe. I have been represented by two fine agents over the past eight years (since I’ve had manuscripts to shill) and neither got me a deal anywhere. I in the meantime got six books published, and screenplay optioned and made other strides in the publishing industry.
What these two women did do for me is to hone my work, teach me what publishers were looking for and introduce me to a network I had no access to without them. I believe that they did their best for me but at the end of the day, I had ONE product I knew inside and out and sold and they had MANY products to sell and they failed on mine (but succeeded for other people on their list).
But what these women also perpetuated was a list of old-school rules that the publishing industry thrives on, and as a woman of colour who writes for more than one bookshelf, I often confounded them with my work because it didn’t sit in their perfect boxes.