I have to confess that I constantly restrain myself from blogging about agents because I don't want to lump all agents together. And i don't want to portray them from my skewed perspective. And I don't want to sound bitter, because bitter is just another form of whining, but one thing I keep thinking about is how today's agents are like day traders, and we are the commodity. I will say no more, but i'm glad other people are blogging about agents. i agree with almost everything Dean Wesley Smith says in this post, but the one thing I don't understand is how a writer sells to a major publishing house without an agent. He claims anybody can do it, but with a few exceptions major pubs require agented submissions. FYI: I've been without an agent for most of the past six years.