I'm writing my novel right now in third person present tense. I have four narrators and they are all in a deep third person, so it almost reads like first person but with "he" instead of "I." Here's the problem: I didn't realize there are a large majority of people who don't like third person present. It's just what I naturally write in. But then I had a beta reader look over the first part of what I've written and she pointed out third person present is really hard to sell to publishers and it throws people off. I'm devastated. I can't write in first person that well. It's not something I've mastered yet. I get thrown off even just attempting it. And I tried changing a section of what I've written so far into first and I don't know how I feel.
Here's an example from my opening. Right now it's this:
"It's a nightmare, almost.
He has been here before in his dreams. Running, legs moving through invisible water, sloshing and slugging him down no matter how hard he tries to push against it.
Only now, here, in real life, he's not running at all.
His legs are twitching, nerves shooting warnings to get out, get out, get out, get out. But out isn't safe. Inside is safe. Inside, locked in this dark room with twenty-two other people who are huddled along the wall.
It's a nightmare. He can't run, and even if he could he'd never get far."
I mean, am I just screwed? Am I going to need to change everything to first person if I want to be able to get an agent and get my book out there? I know I shouldn't write to please anyone, but realistically, if I want an agent am I going to have to cave and change it? Do people just hate third person present?