I recently discovered a website where the company claims to connect writers to agents It seems to be legitimate, however, I was wondering what your expert opinion is of such services.
I did a quick check of the archives and didn't find this question addressed. (If it has been please forgive me.)
You'd think with the amount of howling I do about bad query letters I'd be all in favor of something like this. I'm not. I think it's important to write your own query letter and send it to me directly. I don't like dealing with these kinds of services. I like seeing you, your pink kitten letterhead and your glitterati fonts. It tells me what you're about.
I also think it's important that you know how to talk about your book and the best way to do that is to write your own good query letter.
These guys aren't scam artists, they do what they say they do. I've gotten a couple letters from them, and (sadly) about sixty gazillion emails. Besides for what they charge, you can query everyone in the 212 twice.