Did you realize you could accentuate your agent-hunting by doing a search on Amazon? Seriously. Someone mentioned this over on Speculations
, so I tried it out with my own name, which, in quotes, turned up 134 matches, because apparently there is actually an author of non-fiction named Jennifer Jackson. Who knew anyone would pick such an unusual psuedonym? Heh. Oh, and there's an editor named Jennifer Jackson at Viking -- she's not me either. Anyway, that search-inside-the-book feature sometimes includes acknowledgements, and I found the following matches that I recognized as mine:
* Dead Beat
: "My agent, Jennifer Jackson, who has been doing ten kinds of running around getting various deals put together and for whom I am most grateful."
* Urban Shaman
: "...my agent, Jennifer Jackson, for her enthusiasm..."
* Furies of Calderon
: "I would like to thank Jennifer Jackson, for her excellent advice in reworking this book."
* The Invisible Ring
: "My thanks to Jennifer Jackson, for her continued enthusiasm and support of my work..."
* The House of Gaian
: "for Jennifer Jackson and Laura Anne Gilman" (the dedication, not the acknowledgements)
* Daughter of the Blood
: "Jennifer Jackson" in the acknowledgements list
* Highlander: Shadow of Obsession
: "To Jennifer Jackson, who reacquainted me with the good things about having an agent."
* The Weaver and the Factory Maid
: "...Jennifer Jackson, excellent agent..."
* The Famous Flower of Serving Men
: "...Jennifer Jackson, agent extraordinaire..."
* A Knight Like No Other
: "... For Jennifer Jackson - Thanks for your enthusiasm for this project- and never suggesting I'm crazy for trying something different ..."
* Left To Die
: "Many thanks to my agent, Jennifer Jackson, and to my editor, Laura Anne Gilman, for their support , hard work, and encouragement."
There are also matches that lead to pages in The Agent's Directory
, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Publishing Science Fiction
, and Jeff Herman's Guide
Overall, it turns up a rather random selection, but it does confirm the reality of sales and clients who actually think you did a good job.