Querying Multiple Agents
Catherine M wrote: “I know you can send out multiple queries, but what if there are three agents who have asked to see your manuscript after a verbal pitch at a conference? Do you send to all three?”
The protocol is always the same. If you’re querying multiple agents at once, simply mention that fact in your query letter. If several agents requested it at the conference, you can choose whether you want to submit to one at a time (if you have a strong preference for one agent over another) or all at the same time. Simply write in your query, “I’m submitting this material to three agents who requested it at XYZ Conference.”
Just to reiterate… the majority of agents these days do NOT request exclusivity and in fact, most of us don’t want it. It’s better for all involved if we feel the pressure of competing against our fellow agents, so that we don’t let queries languish longer than necessary. It’s VERY difficult to keep up with the query load; knowing that each query is probably being sent to many agents is a good motivator!
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