Quote Originally Posted by williamsjkw View Post
I'm not sure that is the best way to go anymore. I mean how do you know anymore.
You know by checking out their clients and sales history.

As to whether or not you need an agent, it all depends on what you want. If you're doing well self-publishing, then fine. If you want a book placed with one of the Big-5, then get an agent. It's all a matter of what works - and doesn't - for you.