To what extent does it matter if an agent is not a member of AAR?
I always feel more comfortable if an individual belongs to the appropriate professional organization. Am I off base? Thanks!
I am a member of AAR and I always list it in the organizations brave enough to offer me membership cause I'm proud of being accepted to the group. [I encourage our up and coming agents to join too.]
I think AAR is an asset because it requires members to adhere to a canon of ethics and to meet a minimum standard for What Have You Sold (the first question you want to ask any prospective agent.)
That said, there are some very good, very reputable agents who choose not to belong to AAR. Some are just recalcitrant old bears who dislike the idea of joining any group. Some are agents who think it's just not an asset so why spend the dough.
The trick is NOT to limit yourself by querying only AAR members (although that's ok if you want to do so) but to ask an agent who offers you representation why they choose not to belong if they don't.