Hi guys and gals, I am editing my second draft of my manuscript, and soon to be writing the third. Seeing as I want to get it published (amongst the thousands of others out there) and publishers that allow unsolicited manuscripts are few in number, I was wondering about agents. Firstly, how good is it just to get 'any agent'? I understand that there has to be a certain amount of quality to look out for, but in general, if you are a new writer that needs an agent, what does one need to look out for? Experience? Contacts? Or is it just fine if you find an agent who looks reasonable and is willing to take your work on? Secondly, as I live in the UK, would it be acceptable to get an agent from America? Perhaps the agent has to specify whether they want writers from another country, I don't know. I simply wanted to check. Thirdly and finally, how likely is it to get an agent, really? I know this is almost impossible to work out, but with all the agents out there who are new, experienced, or virtually anything in-between, is it quite likely you'll find an agent? And more importantly, how likely is it you'll find a good one? Many thanks.