Lookin' for an agent? Poets & Writers offers a 50-page PDF ebook ($4.99) to help you navigate the process.
From their promo material:
Poets & Writers is here to help. A collection of articles edited by the staff of Poets & Writers Magazine, The Poets & Writers Guide to Literary Agents includes straightforward advice from professionals in the literary field and additional resources with insider tips.
This handy resource will give you everything you need to understand what agents do, what you can expect from them, and how to find the best agent for you and your work:
* Where agents search for new talent
* How authors find their agents
* Tips on how to impress and secure an agent
* What agents look for in submissions
* Common mistakes to avoid
* The agent’s role in today’s publishing industry
* How to know when the time has come to dissolve a relationship with an agent