IS IT ME OR DOES THE INDUSTRY NOT LIKE WHAT I WRITE VERY MUCH?
I'm a long time writer with zero publishing credits. Even though I've written a dozen novels, none of them seem to interest the agent or publishing industry very much. I don't write according to industry standards, and I don't follow the crowd on what's hot and what isn't. I'm what you would call a 'rogue' writer. I write what I like to write, and I'm damned good at it.
But every time I submit a query for one of many of my completed book projects, I get back the usual rejection letter--telling me that it's not right for them, or they are full, or (here's my favorite line): "Hope you can find an enthusiastic agent for your work."
What's the hang-up? Am I supposed to follow the industry in order to get published these days? Or what?
Well, I'm not sure what you mean by "follow the industry". The industry is pretty big: 175,000 books were published last year, and more than half were adult trade books of some kind.
If you've only queried a few agents on each book, that's like wondering why you can't get a date if you only ask out supermodels. Widen the pool.
If you've queried 12 novels to more than 50 agents and all you get back is a form letter that says "we're full", "not right for us", chance are you aren't darn good at writing.
If you've not availed yourself of a critique group, or a writing conference, I'd suggest doing so. Run your stuff through the crapometer.
Just saying "I'm good but the sucky industry doesn't recognize my talent" is overwrought hyperbole and delusional. Wake up. Smell the coffee.