Would it be ok to say something like “I’ve been studying your career for a few years and I am very impressed”? Or will I sound like a stalker? There are a few agents I’d love to work with because I’ve seen what they’ve been selling and how their authors have grown professionally. I watch agents in the news. What you’re selling, new agents who come on board, or when someone moves to a different firm. It helps me know who might be interested in my work.
I think that would be great. There’s nothing wrong with stalking if it’s done well. By letting me know that you’ve been watching my career you’ve also let me know that you are a professional who knows and understands the publishing business. To follow my career you are probably keeping up to date on publishing news and trends.
To me, watching agents in the news and knowing what they’re up to is the sign of a smart and savvy author.