Thanks to agent Kristin Nelson, over at Pub Rants, I've discovered a wonderful interview with New York agent Molly Friedrich, which you can read here.
Ms Friedrich had years of solid experience of working in publishing before she turned to agenting; she's curious, ambitious and hard-working; and her passion for her work and her writers is clear. She's a fabulous agent, and I'd love to be represented by her.
But here's the thing: she's not alone. I've met many agents over the years and most of them shine with that same passion and commitment. They champion their writer-clients, work tirelessly to find the best possible homes for the books in their care, and are scrupulously honest in their dealings.
If you're wondering just what it is that makes a good agent, or if agents really are worth having, read the interview and then you'll know. And if you're a writer who has always insisted that agents aren't essential, read the interview and then tell me, honestly, how different you think your career would have been if you'd have been represented by someone like Ms Friedrich.