Here are a few more links I'd like to share regarding lit agents and representation.
Agent Rachelle Gardner did a post awhile ago on what questions you might ask when you get THE CALL (really great stuff), a fab post on author-agent agreements, and what happens after you accept representation.
Fran Caldwell (who recently landed a lovely London agent) wrote a post on researching literary agents and why it's never too soon, and then followed it up with a post on what happens after you get a literary agent. One thing I love about Fran is how much she respects herself. By reading her posts, you can tell she knew what she wanted in an agent and wasn't afraid to cross agents off her list if she didn't think they'd be a good match.
And today, author Lauren Barnholdt has an excellent post on why "dream agents" shouldn't be, well, dream agents. Something I'd like to point out: she admits she's on her third agent, and you know what? She's in good company. A lot of writers go through two or more to find a good match.
Do the best research you can, absolutely, and take advantage of THE CALL (or e-mail, as it may be) by asking as many questions as needed, but don't be too disheartened if you sign with an agent and it doesn't work out. There is only so much you can learn beforehand, and if you did all the research you could, you know you gave yourself and the agent the best chance of working out. It's okay, rally up your self-respect and put your research smarts to use again - there's a better agent-author match out there for you.
Have you read any other great posts recently on researching agents or the umbrella of? Leave em' in the comments.