I often find myself in the position of explaining just why Twitter – and social media in general – is so important to writers. Well, here’s one huge reason why: it’s where agents (and editors!) most freely say exactly what kind of material they’re looking for and even post links to wishlists detailing that information.

This morning, it struck me that it’d be really great if someone actually kept on top of all that information and those wishlists to help give querying writers a little more direction as to who might be the perfect target agent, and while unfortunately I don’t possess the time to volunteer myself for something like that on a regular basis, I thought I’d do a little post in that vein right here, simply because I happened to notice three agents post lists like this just yesterday (and link to them on Twitter).

I kinda hope someone will take up the mantle of keeping this all in one spot (and props must be given to Literary Rambles for doing something fantastically close to this; if you haven’t already bookmarked them for all your querying needs, you should do that immediately, and also to YATopia for doing this exact thing for one agent on the 6th of every month), but for now, and for today, here’s some super up-to-date info on what a few fantastic agents are looking for:

Jill Corcoran of the Herman Agency: http://www.jillcorcoran.blogspot.com/p/submissions.html

Lauren MacLeod of the Strothman Agency: http://strothmanagency.com/about-us

Victoria Marini of Gelfman Schneider: http://www.victoriamarini.com/what-im-into.html

Molly Jaffa of Folio Lit: http://mollyjaffa.blogspot.com/ (Wishlist in sidebar), plus this tweet tells you what she still wants more of.

Carly Watters of PS Literary: http://agentcarlywatters.wordpress.com/2013/01/07/query-stats-2012-and-my-2013-wishlist/. She also tweeted this, this, and this.

John M. Cusick, very newly of Greenhouse Literary: http://johnmcusick.wordpress.com/2013/01/09/im-joining-greenhouse-literary/

Brooks Sherman of FinePrint Literary: http://fineprintlit.com/agents/brooks-sherman/ (updated for the new year)

Gemma Cooper of The Bent Agency: http://jennybent.blogspot.co.uk/2013/01/query-round-up-and-wishlist-post-by.html

Molly Ker Hawn of the Bent Agency: http://jennybent.blogspot.com/2013/01/mollys-2013-wish-list.html

This recent interview by Den Patrick of Juliet Mushens of The Agency Group has an up to date list of what the latter is looking for right now: http://www.denpatrick.com/2013/02/interview-with-juliet-mushens-agent.html?m=1

Thanks to Miss Snark’s First Victim’s latest Secret Agent contest, you can see what Caryn Wiseman of Andrea Brown Literary Agency is looking for: http://misssnarksfirstvictim.blogspot.com/2013/01/secret-agent-unveiled-caryn-wiseman.html

Peter Knapp of Park Literary: http://peteknapp.blogspot.com/p/wishlist.html (And if you’re querying him based on this list, consider querying Sarah LaPolla as well, because she tweeted this. She also tweeted about wanting this. And this. And this. Basically, if you’re even thinking of querying Sarah LaPolla, you’d better be following her on Twitter and staying glued to her tweets!)

Speaking of learning info via tweet, here‘s one thing Hannah Bowman of Liza Dawson Associates wants.

And here are a few things Erin Harris of Folio lit would like to see now.

Here‘s what Jennifer Laughran of Andrea Brown Literary Agency is hoping to get in her inbox.

Bree Ogden of D4EO Literary created the #PitchMe hashtag on twitter to share what she wants.

Editor Vicki Lame asked on Twitter who’s actively seeking NA, and here’s who responded in the affirmative: Sara Megibow of the Nelson Agency, Bridget Smith of Dunham Literary, and Nicole Resciniti of the Seymour Agency. Pam van Hylckama of Larsen Pomada also tweeted that she’s looking for it.

And unrelated to Twitter, just query Katie Shea with your dark contemporary and Jessica Sinsheimer with your foodie novels, always. (Update: OK, not totally unrelated to Twitter anymore, at least re: JS!)

If you’ve seen any other specific wishlists lately, please feel free to pass them along and I’ll add them in! (Thanks to those who’ve been doing this all day!) And, of course, you can always let me know what your wishlist would be by answering this Monday Pep Rally question on YA Misfits!