(A&C Black) publishes an up-to-date list of UK agents, along with the types of book they are interested in. There is a separate publication for children’s authors. (Palgrave) also contains this information. There are also several websites you can consult - for a fee. All you need do is peruse the list of agents, develop a shortlist of around 20 who handle your kind of book, then visit their websites, one by one, to whittle your selection down to your three favourites.
Here are some examples of the agents who are seen as the top of their specialisms.
VERONIQUE BAXTER of the agency specialises in fiction for children. The agency represents and is the leading children’s writing agency in the UK
SARAH BALLARD of the agency Agents represents Nicci French and has a particular interest in psychological thrillers.
BILL HAMILTON of the agency represents Man Booker prize-winning and specialises in literary fiction.
JANE GREGORY of the authors’ agents represents best-selling crime writer and specialises in crime fiction and up-market commercial fiction.
Next is your pitch to your agent.