Doing your research is one of the most important parts of the publishing process. Not only is it (almost) completely within your control, but there is a direct link between research and success.
Here are our favorite resources:
Preditors & Editors–see what others have to say about whether an agent, or press, is legit
The Absolute Write Water Cooler–a forum site with a supportive community of writers
The Guide to Literary Agents–interviews with agents on a blog run by Writer’s Digest
Publishers Marketplace–look for the deals by each potential match
Have some favorites we haven’t included here? Let us know below.