A news story brought to a mind a concern that comes and goes in my thinking about submitting something for publishing in literary fiction. There is a court case getting national attention about a police officer who may have overstepped his boundary for use of force, killing an armed person. The prosecutor has described the policeman as a "bully." Then I was thinking about what it'd be like to be in the cop's shoes, with any pressures to prove themselves, the crap they deal with on a day-to-day basis -- in short, what factors could have led to that predisposition, assuming it's true. At the point of the shooting, it could be a nice ending for a novel examining those things, to look at the inner life of the man, and garner sympathy for him. Which brings me to my question: How is it that agents and editors, with limited understanding -- as we all would have, too -- determine which works do have particular merit for their trenchant portrayal of things about life that only a segment of society would know about? Is it irrelevant? Must the book lean to the universal to be taken seriously? Would all other things being good prompt them to then seek an authority for verification?