It's been many years since I was first published, but my first attempt at a ms took place in San Francisco, as the Viet Nam War was winding down. This was the tail end of the hippie era, peace movements, sex, drugs and rock and roll. SF was a bizarre city. I sent it to perhaps fifty agents before one finally replied with positive remarks. We talked on the phone and she said, "I love your characters and the drama, but I could never sell it." She then listed a valid dozen reasons. She asked what I like to read, and I told her spy and espionage stories. Deighton, Le Carre' and the like. She suggested that I write a spy story. I had no idea how, but then drew on a hundred books and movies that I enjoyed. It worked, and I am ready to try again. So, do you write the kind of stories that you love to read?