So as I’m outlining my novel (oy, what a lot of work! I have trouble shutting off my brain), I’m also reading a lot about the business end of getting an agent. One piece of advice is to pick an author you like whose style is similar to yours, and see who represents them.
Imagine my surprise when I looked up one of my favorite authors and the agent’s name sounded familiar. Turns out not one, but two of the people I know are represented by this same agent. So at least once I have something to show, I can get personal recommendations to at least one good agent.