I spent this afternoon researching agents for Bell-Men. I haven't heard back from Pyr yet, but it's only been a few weeks and I reckon I ought to get ready to start querying. I actually did query one agent today just because he seemed like a good fit. I'm going to wait for his response too before I start sending out more queries.
My first step was to make a spreadsheet of agents I've queried for other projects. I was surprised that there weren't all that many, actually. I marked down which projects I'd queried about and I also marked down if they'd been a non-responder (because I think no response=no is rude and unprofessional; if you don't have time to respond, close to queries).
After that I made a new list of agents who might be interested in Bell-Men. I did research on each one and marked several off my list, either because they aren't taking on new clients or because they have some drawback like, you know, never responding to queries.
I've ended up with 22 agents. I have a fatalistic feeling that this time next year I'll have added 22 agents to my "already queried" list and will be retiring Bell-Men the way I've had to retire The Taste of Magic due to utter non-interest in the project.
Researching agents may be the most depressing part of the writing business.