Agents are busy people. So if you’re getting the run around — “I haven’t had time to read it yet” or “I just returned from maternity leave” — it’s time to move on.
That means ask everyone you know if they know an agent. Or if the people THEY know know an agent. Ask published authors for the name of their agent. Read the books that are similar to yours and see if they thank an agent in the acknowledgements. And when schmoozing and catching up with others at a party or even on the sidelines at your kid’s soccer game, tell people you’re on a mission to find a good literary agent.
You never know what you can achieve. Unless you’re relentless.