Just got done reading through the latest (October 2016) issue of Writer's Digest, which focuses on getting, maintaining, working with (or parting company with) an agent. There are a huge number of great tips in this issue, and a lot of solid information, as well as a pretty long list of contemporary agents seeking clients, and what they are specifically looking for (and not looking for.) One particular tip stood out for me. During the query process you must decide how to pitch your book, and what fiction category it fits into, so you can then approach the right agents. Some of us write solidly within a particular genre, so this isn't a problem. However, here's a tip for those of us who struggle to define our books within a category or genre. The article recommends that you visit a large bookstore, preferably one you know well, wander around inside it, and imagine your book is published and printed. Where would you like to see it placed on the shelves? Visualise the book spine, if you can, and decide where you would go to find it, if you were shopping for it. Be specific. Don't necessarily think 'category' at this stage, but simply go to where you'd expect to find the kind of book you've written. That should certainly sharpen your view of what your book is, and what kind of slant your query letter should take on the category for it. The article says if you can clearly visualise it in a couple of different sections, it's okay to include them both, but the article also says that some agents are not fans of this twofold category approach. But if you think it really fits well into two categories, that's a useful thing to know. Once you've 'found' your spot in the store, you can then browse through other books in that section, and maybe look at who has agented the ones you are attracted to. It's a start. It makes the whole process seem more 'real.' It's the usual done thing to approach agents who have represented work that's similar to yours. However, I did have to laugh, reading through all the agents' bios and their wishes and dislikes, etc. One of them said they do not want YA fiction containing characters with 'issues,' because they already have enough of these kinds of stories on their client list. So you can trip up no matter what you do. But hey. Tough old world out there, but ya gotta live in it.