I recently read a post online about a person that assisted authors in finding an agent. This was an agent to get to an agent. This raised my eyebrows and caused me to think if the publishing/book industry is moving from having barriers to having a firewall that only those with a code or are on the safe list can penetrate. I know that it is tough to break through but as I read the countless posts on message boards of authors that have been banging against the wall to get an agent or publisher, I wonder what the real issue is.
Most breakthroughs seem very random, the work did not change. Often the same manuscript had been roundly rejected and by some quirk it was noticed. Sometimes a piece made some waves on its own and then became a hot property because it showed potential with readers.
Is this business just stonewalling to see who will bubble up on their own and then they will scoop them up or is it pure saturation?