First, I hope I don't offend anyone. I am a bit bumbed out because I keep hearing contradictory things. But PLEASE don't try to soothe these ratttled nerves or mock me for getting bent out of shape. If you can answer my questions with ACCURACY and PRECISION I will want
to do great favors for you.
Initially, I was very hung up on the form and process of getting an agent, eg. Do I send a query letter or a book proposal and different people were saying different things (perhaps they were using language differently).
Then I had an epiphany: Hell, why don't I go to the Agent's web site and see what he wants one
to submit. (Please don't tell me that you are supposed to convince them that your book will sell widely. I have heard that incessantly; I am concerned about formal issues) The agents'web sites
will probably have guidelines telling me if I should
send a query or a proposal and if I should enclose sample chapter(s), etc.
But then I had another thought; Maybe the best agents don't advertise their existence and hence don't inform us of what they want or don't want in a query. (or proposal)
Question: Should I, in large measure, simply follow the agents' guidelines re the submission of proposals or queries.
Question: Should I try to search for elusive agents that don't advertise their existence and hence don't promulgate their guidelines.