What is a Literary Agent:
a professional agent who acts on behalf of an author in dealing with publishers and others involved in promoting the author’s work.
How to Contact a Literary Agent
As in any business, people are different and have different preferences. Some agents prefer only e-mail correspondence and others accept only regular mail. Some agents are okay with both types of correspondence. Doing some upfront research on agents and going into their personal websites can provide you with details as to their correspondence preferences as well as more insight as to their agent credentials. There are several websites that provide this type of information. Listed below are a few to help begin your research efforts.
Query Tracker – This database allows you to view statistics about an agent or publisher – free.
Agent Query – This database allows you to view statistics about an agent – free.
Publishers Market Place – This allows you track information about agents, editors, deals and current news. There is a monthly fee to join but an extremely helpful database.
Pred-Ed.com – This site provides recommendations on agents and editors. This is an extremely useful site when doing your research.