As a writer, it is critical to find an agent who not only believes in your book but in you! Although many writers have been successful without agents, they can be a great aid and resource, especially as a beginning writer.
The wonderful people at Preditors and Editors have researched the agents out there carefully, who have been assessed on a different number of criteria that are important to an author. Go HERE to access this awesome resource.
Good luck to all writers out there who want to get there story out to the world!