I tried to sell two novels through a wonderful agent of your acquaintance, but after a few years of representation she decided it was time for both of us to move on. She was very good to me so you'll find no sour grapes here.
Flash forward more than 10 years and I find myself eager to test the waters with a new manuscript, but holy shit what happened to the publishing business? I'm clueless, and as I sort through the Google vomit I struggle to distinguish scam from sincerity. Back in the day, a few hours on Writer Beware and Absolute Write would have had me prepped and ready to go, but now? Where can I go for legit publishing advice from someone who's not trying to sell me something?
The denizens of the Reef are more clued-in about how to assemble a list of agents-to-query than I am.
My lists tend to be places to successfully hide bodies.
Chums, can you lend the writer a hand here?
What works? What should be avoided?