Over at BookEnds, literary agent Jessica Faust is answering the question:
If you were pitching a novel and looking for an agent, what are some agent qualities that would be absolute “musts” for you?
Jessica lists a range of qualities including, among other things, honesty, strong negotiation skills and contacts.
I was very happy to come across this because, along with trying to advise aspiring authors about how to get an agent, I am also often trying to warn them about the shonky players in the industry. More than this, though, is the idea that a good author-agent relationship will be like a successful marriage. It should be a long-lasting partnership that benefits both parties. So many writers are simply desperate to have an agent they don’t worry about considering whether an agent is a right ‘fit’ for them.