[DWJ] help please from my brilliant online friends

Hallie O'Donovan hallieod at gmail.com
Wed Jun 22 17:53:50 EDT 2011

Becca's doing this right now as well, and researched it pretty thoroughly -
she said that you send your query (with whatever they want) to lots of
agents, and  can send a full manuscript to as many people as ask for it
*unless* one of them asks for an exclusive.  You don't have to give the
exclusive, and it's probably wise not to unless they tell you it's for a
relatively short time.  Of course, being able to say "Oh, so sorry - can't
give you an exclusive as 25 other people have requested the full manuscript"
is all to the good.

Good luck!


On Wed, Jun 22, 2011 at 10:09 PM, Dorian E. Gray <dorianegray at gmail.com>wrote:

> Melissa asked...
> > So I've finished writing a book and I'm ready to start sending it out to
> > agents, but I'm not sure about etiquette. Is it appropriate to send
> queries
> > to multiple agents, or what? (I already know to read their instructions
> for
> > submission.)
> IIRC, multiple queries are acceptable, but multiple submissions are
> not.  So if one of the many queried then asks for a full manuscript,
> you send it, but if then another does while the first is still
> considering, you have to decide whether to refuse the second, or pull
> the manuscript from the first.
> Have you looked at the SFWA site?  It used to have a lot of useful
> advice for the starting author - and its "Writer Beware" section
> taught me how to spot a scammer at 50 paces!
> Dorian.
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