Brilliant, thank you. My publisher, a small indie press, had exactly the same comments in their blog. That is when I stopped trying for an agent (and hence the big 5) and submitted to them instead I even got accepted. I’d rather be an experimental fish in a small pond where I might learn something about the industry, than bin-fodder in a bigger pond. Mixed metaphore yes. But describes very well what i think.
Otherwise, I strongly believe in the old adage “What goes around, comes around.” In a world where bullying behaviour has become the norm, morals don’t count, and laughter at somebody else’s misfortune counts as cleverness i prefer to be old-fashioned. Doesn’t stop me from swearing once in a while, but there you go.