I like to find out as much as I can about an agent before querying him/her, and one of the things I look at is his or her "favorite books" list.
Of course, nearly everyone has Hunger Games on their list (and rightfully so, it's an amazing book) but there are a few other books that hit the favorites list pretty often, and one of those books is one that I HAAAAAAAAAAAAAATED. Seriously, like, gouge my eyes out hated it.
When I see that book on an agent's favorites list, no matter what else is on their list, I worry that there is no possible way that we'll see eye to eye about anything, and I do a lot more research before deciding whether to query or not.
What about you? Does an agent's favorites list make or break your decision to query them?
What would you have done? - I chugged out of NYC on Friday to attend Malice Domestic, a lovely reader convention that is now the place I catch up with old friends, make new ones, and ...
7 hours ago