A Snarkling who has gotten dizzy from blowing out too many candles on his last birthday cake writes:
Off the wall question: Latest manuscript I am pursuing representation for begins with teenagers dating in the 1960's. Many agents, at least those looking for new clients, are young - too young to relate to this scenario. The bigger agencies have interns who are even younger - so even a bigger problem. Though, Jeff Herman does a decent job of finding out ages of some agents, it's a crapshoot when trying to find the right agent. Naturally, Miss Snark, being the Snarktress, would never reveal such information, but would she have any suggestions for us Boomer novelists?
Yes yes Miss Snark sees your problem. It's very very hard to relate to something so far away from our own time. Miss Snark personally sees nothing of herself in Romeo and Juliet, let alone Scarlett and Rhett, never mind those scamps Nick and Nora. And heaven forefend if that guy Homer sends me some dreck about that bitch Helen...well, of course I can't relate... I'm MUCH too YOUNG.
Miss Snark confines her reading, comprehension and her representation to people who can define "23 Skidoo", have opera gloves with mother of pearl buttons AND can sing all the words to Louie Louie.
C'mon dear Snarkling. Just write well. That's all you need. If the girl is in a plaid skirt, and saddle shoes, or wears Goth underoos, or she's in a Trojan (TOGA--get your damn mind out of the gutter there boyo) human emotion is pretty much unchanged for I dunno...ten thousand years?
As for Miss Snark's age, even DMV does not know. Miss Snark has a dispensation from the Pope to be a true relic.