I do want to represent romance!
This really hit me over the head when an author that I was interested (who wrote romance) asked me why I was requesting her book when she had discovered in a very quick amount of time that I state that I am not interesting in representing it.
In the past, I stated that it wasn't a genre that I wanted, mainly because when I thought of romance I thought of formulaic, downmarket romances that had Fabio on the cover. Now, having been around romance authors and novels a bit more, I've discovered that there are plenty of smart stories that I really enjoy. After subconsciously letting all these realizations simmer, I now know that I favor novels about strong heroines (I DO NOT want to read about naive wallflowers who meet confident, dominant men and are swept off their feet) and that also have plots that aren't purely romance-driven but have a story line involving transformation for the main character outside of her relationship.
Not to mention that the romance industry is a thriving, ever-growing one with prolific authors and dedicated readers...definitely a great environment to be a part of! Our newest agent, Linda Camacho, is also interested in acquiring romance, and she and I had an interesting conversation about it the last night. I will be posting an interview with her soon so that you can all get to know the newest member of Prospect Agency :)
So yeah, romance authors: send your manuscripts my way. I'm officially looking to build my list!