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Totally rookie question: How many agents do you query at a time?


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#1 Deborah Markus

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 10:15 PM

So you tailor your query to each agent. Maybe you met her at a conference. Maybe she represents one of your favorite writers. Maybe you just like the look of her web site and list of clients. You decide what to say in that first paragraph about why you're hoping she'll love you back, and you send the letter and hold your breath.

(I'm talking in second person because I haven't done any of this yet.)

But how many of these lovingly crafted queries do you send out at a time? I'm used to submitting to magazines, where simultaneous subs are the exception rather than the rule. This is a completely different arena, and I'm not sure how different it is.
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Posted 31 May 2012 - 10:30 PM

I've always sent out queries in groups of 8-10. It gives you a good sample without exhausting your list. I always try to do four or five off my C list, three or four off of the B list, and one or two off of the A list. It helps to know also who is open to requeries. Query Tracker, Twitter, and agents' blogs are good places to find out who is open to hearing from you when you've made revisions...and who is one-and-done.

Hope that's helpful! Best of luck! :smile:

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#3 Deborah Markus

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Posted 31 May 2012 - 11:40 PM

Very helpful, thank you!
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