I mailed another query today, going for broke and contacting one of the "big" agencies. The agent I'm specifically interested in represents an author I really like. As writers we're advised to do this, but this is the first time I've decided to follow the suggestion.
I want you to know, finding this agent took some sleuthing (lots of blog-hopping, googling, pouring over webpages). I almost considered contacting the writer himself and asking, but that just didn't seem nice. Writers are also advised to network, to seek out more successful writers with agents, befriend them, and then ask for them to put in a good word for us. But I suck at networking with an ulterior motive, which is probably why I didn't make much money selling Tupperware. So all I've got at this point is the faint hope that that my synopsis will fall out of someone's slush pile and onto the right desk or the even fainter hope that an agent will read his/her own mail, read my letter, and get really excited about the story. But a girl can dream, right?
Anyway, this particular agent doesn't give much away so this query is all about what I hope I already know about agents in general.
Three letters out and waiting . . .