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>>>>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?

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: -- there's some interesting information on this page. This website has been recommended by several sources:

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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