This question was posed yesterday:
Would it be not a very good idea to enter the contest with a YA dystopian because of market saturation? I know agents are shying away from it in general, and I imagine that would impact your and Jodi's choices, too.
I took the question directly to our auction agents, and here is the consensus:
Yes, dystopian is a (very) hard sell. Yes, your dystopian will need to float miles above the rest to get someone to sniff in its general direction.
BUT ENTER IT ANYWAY.
Why? Because you never know. And this puts the onus on Jodi and me to do the culling. (Oh, the pressure!) So, yes, we are going to be super picky about dystopian entries. (I told the agents that we'll only choose one if it makes us both faint...)
And oh, this is painful. Because dystopian is my true love. You know this.
Anyway, this applies to any genre that happens to be a hard sell right now. ENTER IT ANYWAY. Jodi and I will make the calls.