I have absolutely no interest in sales. Not that I wouldn't mind making a small fortune off writing but I don't expect it to ever happen. I know most writer's don't make their living by writing. I write because I want to communicate with a reader. While I don't intend to say this in my query letter is there any hope for me in the cut-throat world of publishing? Am I naive to think if I can write a decent book finding the right agent will take care of the business stuff I don't care much about? If it matters at all the genre is young adult fiction. I've read agency listings in market guides that say things such as, "We want writers who are serious about their career." If so few writers can support themselves on writing why would it seem so many agents want writers who are going to get a rude awakening? (Don't take this as I don't care about the "how" I write. I want to continue writing in both quanity and improved quality.)
You may not care how your book sells but I assure you that every publisher in the world will. Publishers are in the business of publishing books; keyword business. They may not run it with the blunt force trauma sales teams of other retail products but make no mistake about it: if your book doesn't sell "well", you're not getting another deal.
And I care a lot about sales too. I make money from it just like you do, and unlike you this IS my only job.
So, yea, I want someone who is deadeye serious about making the book a success. I want clients who say "what can I do" and "can I do more". People who say "I wrote the damn thing, surely that's enough" are not likely to end up on my list or anyone elses for that matter.
If all you want to do is communicate with your readers sans the filthy tiremarks of the Highway of Commerce, write a blog.