Dear Miss Snark--
Should you ever mention that you read an agent's blog and/or website and/or online interviews? Particularly if the agents mentions something specifically that pertains to your work. Example: an agent blog says the agent is looking for a character who loves both gin and poodles, should I mention that I noticed she wanted this specific thing? Or a blog says her favorite book is The Life and Times of George Clooney should I mention that I like that book, too, even if it has nothing to do with my work (outside of being in the same genre)?
Very very tricky stuff this.
You're most likely ok with very straightforward things like "I read you are looking for dark urban fantasy featuring pink tammed poodles" or "I also liked the true crime story Poodle Passion at La Perla" or "I like what you said about the dearth of mirth in Firth in your Media Bistro interview".
Where it gets tricky is the stuff with connective tissue such as "cause": "I think you'll like this cause you like poodles"-no no no. I always cringe when I see those kinds of statements because they are often wrong wrong wrong.
More important though, none of this NONE of it has much to do with the only thing I care about at this point: can you write. Tell me what you've got, give me a sense of the conflict, cough up some pub credits if you've got them, and maybe one or two enticing things about yourself that don't include spouse, spawn, or spirtiual affiliation.
I don't care if you've pored over the blog, read everything I've ever written, and are in Grandmother Snark's fan club. This isn't about me. It's about you. This is your chance to tell me about your fabulosity. Don't hide your light under the gin pail. In fact, why you're even holding the gin pail is beyond me. Give it back.