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Mark,

>>>>But finding a good agent and having them willing to take you on as a client are two
entirely different things.

Sure. But how does one find out who the good agents are? Is there a ranking somewhere?
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If you've been on the SFWA website, you'll find good information on how to find an agent (and avoid the con artists) on that site. There's also an organization for agents -- AAR (Association of Author's Representatives) -- whose agents have to abide by their rules, including no "reading fees." They're on the web if you want to check out which agents are members.

There's also the Novel & Short Story Writer's Market, which your local library should have. Have you visited the Writer's Digest website? They have some useful advice. Also, try this website: http://www.sfwriter.com/agent.htm -- there's some interesting information on this page. This website has been recommended by several sources: http://www.anotherealm.com/prededitors/pubagent.htm

Whatever you do, remember, you want an agent who makes their money when they sell your novel -- not one that charges you any types of reading fees, or sends you to a "book doctor" or "editor" for a "reasonable fee" (the so-called agent is probably getting a kickback; this is how the dishonest ones make money off hopeful writers.

Hope that helps.
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