Dear Miss Snark,
Say, for instance, I'm David Sedaris. This is, of course, before I've made the bestseller lists, all the lovely moolah and the devotion of the New Yorker. How does a writer like that sell his work to an agent?
Ah, that would be when you were working at Macys? or cleaning houses? or perhaps just writing one of the 20plus essays that got airplay on This American Life?
I doubt David Sedaris queried many literary agents. I think we were pretty much panting after him.