Two years ago I finished my first novel and began querying agents. At the time, the best source for agent information seemed to be the AAR website. It was an incredibly tedious project; find an agent who repped my genre, go to the agency website, sift through the individual agents, then query the appropriate agent for that agency.
Over a period of nine months, I queried 50-60 agents, with little interest, so I decided to e-publish my novel. A few months later, I also e-published my sequel. Now I'm on the verge of finishing my third novel, a stand-alone work, and have decided to subject myself to that agonizing process again.(I think my new work is more commercially viable)
Is there a better way to go about this? Is there a more complete or succinct list somewhere? What did you do?
I would appreciate any and all responses.