Any Agent You Can Get Is A Good Agent
I used to think that if I could just get anyone to agree to represent me, that I wouldn't even hesitate before saying yes. But I've come to realize that agents come in different "sizes" just like writers.
The main things I'm looking for in an agent are:
#1 Someone who LOVES my book. Someone who's as passionate about my book as I am.
#2 Someone who is going to be in this with me for the long haul.
#1 is one of the reasons that I care less now if I get feedback on my rejections. If you don't love my book, fine, I get that. But I'm not going to change my book based on the feedback of someone who's not hoping to represent it.
#2 is why I've been more discerning about whom I send my work to. It seems like there are some agents out there who are just doing this as a part time gig while their own writing careers take off. That's fine, I don't have a problem with it, but it's just not for me. For one thing, I think the agents skill sets and the writers skill sets are so different, it makes me wonder how anyone can do both well. I'm sure some people can, but that's not what I'm looking for.
So what do you think? What things do you look for in an agent? Are there any characteristics that would make you turn down an agent, even if they were the only one to make you an offer?