Well, in a certain number of those cases it may appear like serendipity. Like the the writer and agent were star crossed, meant to be, perfectly matched. And that it happened magically, easily, painlessly. We've all seen those stories on the blogosphere, heard them from friends at conferences, or read them in magazines.
I am no expert, but I would venture to guess that in most cases of writer-agent bliss, a lot of hard work and strategy went into to it.
So I have a series of query letter queries: (and yes, we will bullet point it out)
- How many hours of research on agents is ideal? (Don't say two months)
- When you first start querying, how many do you shoot out at once?
- How many of your top choice/dream agents do you put in the first round?
- What month of the year is best? (I've heard January is the worst because agents are completely inundated with queries at that time, among other reasons)
- If you've received a full request, or several, do you put that info in the query?
- Are you supposed to address it to: "Dear Agent,"? (hah...jk)
So, spill it!