This might sound funny, but I'm not submitting to any agents based in New York.
My older brother was a manuscript reader for a big film/literary agency for a few years and helped structure and edit my story to maximize it's commercial appeal. It made sense to me that he wanted to approach agents with my work first since then he could present it with more experience than I could as a first time author without credentials, but since I didn't want to be left out completely of any stage, we agreed to split agencies: he gets NY, I get everywhere else.
Neither of us have gotten any bites, and I think that's mostly in part to my large word count (though it's shrinking rapidly), but I am curious if we are having different experiences. My questions for you...
Is there any difference in accessibility of NY agents and non-NY agents to major publishers?
Have you experienced any differences in working with NY agents and non-NY agents?
PS - on a side note, can I mention my brother's experience and role in the story-building process as a credential?