Yesterday I was at a writers' conference, which provided a wonderful opportunity to speak with a literary agent for a few minutes. However, she glanced at my query letter and immediately looked more nervous than I was! Although she's someone who likes memoirs and writing on women's issues, she said over and over that the topic was "very difficult." It was clear she could not represent me well.
I can understand her discomfort, but what a shame that this society still is not ready to hear about incest and abuse, even when the real story (as I told the agent several times) is about healing and growth. I let her know that I'll continue looking for an agent who can advocate for me.