I'm still fairly new to blogging and am in the process of exploring other blogs, including older posts. So I was thrilled to find reasons why you should never submit unagented to publishing companies. Moonrat's Editorial Ass blog outlines the many reasons authors should try first to get an agent, then to submit their MS to publishers (via said agent), rather than the other way around.
Of course, finding a good, reputable agent is important, and Anne R. Allen's blog Beware Bogus Literary Agents has some terrific resources for checking out potential agents. (Thanks for reposting it, Anne. I did tiptoe over from Nathan Bransford's blog, and I loved your guest blog on his site!).
Time to start checking out Agent Query to find agents who accept picture book manuscripts!