Are you in the “I need an agent” mode? That’s where I’m at. I’ve been looking for about four years, now. When I was first sending stuff out, it was the best crap EVER! I wrote it, edited it once or twice, thought, “How can anyone say no?” And, when they did, “OMG! They don’t know what they’re missing!!”
Oh how wrong I was. Now, I just hope they don’t remember me as the person who sent them that manuscript, one that was so bad, they shared it with each other and laughed their butts off.
I’m finally at the point where I believe, along with my critique group, and a mentor I had, that I have two picture book manuscripts that are ready. Really ready. Like, actually edited and revised carefully over a couple years ready. One I’ve been working on for four years, and may have been one I sent out before I knew what the heck I was doing!
So, how do you search for agents? I used to belong to Julie Hedlund’s 12x12, and have a list of agents from my four years there, plus going through sites like agentquery.com.
Look through the sites carefully, make sure you read everything about them, look for comps they represent, or, if not (and you should!!!) make sure it fits the genre and style they’re looking for (do’t be like me and send out “the best thing EVER” with no idea what they want!).