These days, you're likely to get a rejection from a literary agent that mentions the tough market for fiction. Not much demand, that sort of thing, and you move along knowing that you're not about to write some scholarly tome. Which you'd never be able to sell either because you don't have a platform.
What's a literary agent to do when the publishers aren't interested so much in fiction?
Quit accepting fiction submissions, as agent Kathi J. Paton has done.
Her agency specializes in non-fiction, according to her revised Publishers Marketplace page.
Fiction's gone. There's no market for it. Why take on an author, spend valuable time promoting and pushing, only to be told by the acquisitions editors that there's no market for today's fiction?
Ms. Paton is looking for writers who are specialists in the field in which they write. No amateurs need apply. Only those with a strong and sturdy platform are welcome to submit.
One less agent to query. One less rejection to field.
Less opportunity for writers who can tell a good story to get their product to market.