Agent, who doesn’t usually rep my genre, expresses interest in my work. Not a concrete offer of representation, but a willingness to consider it. What to do? Disregarding the popular theory that any agent is better than none-is this in fact a good idea? I’d like to hear your thoughts on this issue.
One bridge at a time bucko. Send your work. You might not get an offer.
I'd also look at how long the agent has been in business. If this agent is new, s/he is actively looking for new areas and you could be the first to benefit from his/her energy.
But, first things first. Let the agent read it.