The Snarklings respond:
1. 78 Reasons Why Your Book May Never Be Published, Pat Walsh (Penguin)
2. The Elements of Style, Strunk and White
3. Self-Editing for Fiction Writers, Rennie Brown (HarperResource)
Helpful places to research agents:
4. Jeff Herman's Guide to Book Publishers, Editors and Literary Agents
"the one-stop shop. WM et al pale in comparison. Nothing else is more precise. It's where I found my agent and it's where I send all my workshop students. Just my two cents, but it blows the others out of the water."
5. Guide to Literary Agents, Writer's Market
"If you read it carefully, you can get lots of good information.I wonder if there is a preponderance of agents with last names beginning from A to D who get a preponderance of queries--just because exhaustion can set in and writers can get impatient going all the way through to Susan Zeckendorf Assoc. Inc. But, as I did, sometimes you begin at the Z's and go backward."
"this guy is the consummate bitter writer, but he has good info. If I were an agent, I would not respond to his queries because he posts absolutely everything. As a writer, I pay attention."
7. Writers Free Reference
"it's good because it lists agent websites. You can tell a lot about anyone from their website, especially agents. Some are merely listings pulled from Publishers Lunch; others are works of art. And, as you can see, many agents don't bother to set up websites."
8. Publisher's Weekly: reviews section online
"for the agents who represent authors I enjoy reading"
And from Miss Snark:
10. Association of Authors Representatives