As a first-time, unpublished author with no contacts, this is how I am researching agents to solicit.
1. Research Jeff Herman's guide
2. Research WritersMarket.com
3. Google the particular agent/agency I'm interested in.
4. Check the bewares thread and preditors and editors.
5. Study the agent's/agency's website.
If everything seems to check out, I'll send precisely what the agent is asking for. Am I missing any steps?
Thanks in advance for your help!