When querying to agents, how important is it to have a few comparison titles?
My problem is, for the story I am writing, I don’t know many stories that like it. I’ve often heard it’s a lot like the movie Underworld, but my story has a romance element to it (Paranormal Romance). Everything in the genre that my book falls under is Urban, and my story is basically Steampunk hunter era. So it really doesn’t fit seamlessly with the other stories in its genre. At least, not popular stories.
So my second question: How important is it that the comparison title is one that the agent will recognize? Should I basically find agents first, see what books they have signed, and if one of their stories seems like my story, read that one to see if it fits my story? I am thinking this would be a good tactic, as if one agent has signed a book, other agents in the genre might be aware of it too (thus killing a few birds with one stone) Also, I would only use the book as a comparison if it actually worked as one.
Also, is the comparison title there to bate the agent, or to show you have done some research?