I've sent out a new group of queries and one is still pending from my first round. Hopefully the second round proves to be more successful...as in yielding a contract. I just purchased the 2010 Guide to Literary Agents, and this book has been a Godsend. I discovered many additional agents that I can query that I did not find in my Internet searching. It also includes a list of writer's conferences held around the country.
I am pondering going to the one hosted by the International Women's Writing Guild in NYC on October 18. The Sunday session includes time to pitch your novel to available agents. Many agents take on new projects from writers they meet at conferences. You'd think it would be easy to get from Rhode Island to NY, but it is proving more difficult and expensive than I would hope. It's hard to spend the money when I'm not collecting a paycheck.