I just received a polite no on a query I sent out a while ago. In the midst of the response, it said, "You may want to consider this story from a third person point of view with all the first person narratives on the market."
I found this startling. This agent seems to think the market is glutted with first person narratives. But it's only a glut if the demand isn't there.... Is the demand there?
For me, as an avid UF reader, when I'm browsing the shelves at B&N, it's one of the first things I check. If a book is in the third person, it's going right back on the shelf. I know I'm a demographic of one, but I buy six or seven UF novels a week, and all of them are first person. It just feels more intimate to me, less coy and manipulative, and it opens up the tremendous possibilities of voice. I don't trust a narrator whose name I don't know.
How about you? Writing and reading urban fantasy, what are your preferences and why? Do you think there are too many first person narratives on the market?