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View Diary: A Kossack's Guide to Book Publishing - part 7 [updated] (87 comments)

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  •  I have entry to the editors (2+ / 0-)
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    KMc, Elise

    I just fear the agents.

    I always view the "advance" as a payment for a portion of my soul. I need agents more for distro, which I also realized is completely different my network for newspapers and magazines.

    Is there a rule for submitting books to one than more agent at time as per submitting articles to more than one publication at a time?

    You seem knowledgable in this arena.

    Brazoria, where Texas began, still awaits to play its hand.

    by pinche tejano on Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 11:41:27 AM PDT

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    •  It's my understanding (3+ / 0-)
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      that sending to multiple agents is still all right as long as you don't claim to be offering someone an exclusive look at the work. Shana's note below about making sure that you idividualize your pitches and don't obviously mass email a bunch of agents would seem to reinforce that view, but perhaps she'll address this more directly and let me know if I'm wrong.

      Kelly McCullough - WebMage available from ACE books (Penguin) August 06

      by KMc on Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 11:49:11 AM PDT

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      •  Mass emails are bad not matter what industry (3+ / 0-)
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        KMc, Swordsmith, Elise

        you are trying to sell creative works in.

        Can you seriously EMAIL agents these days? I always heard physical mail was better.

        Let me know on that.

        Brazoria, where Texas began, still awaits to play its hand.

        by pinche tejano on Mon Aug 07, 2006 at 12:01:44 PM PDT

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      •  It depends on the agent, and submission type (4+ / 0-)
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        Carnacki, KMc, Swordsmith, Elise

        but usually, if you're sending letters or emails to agents blindly (unsolicitedly), it's fine to send as many letters as you want.  

        If/when they request material, some agents will specifically ask for an exclusive look;  others will not.  If you've already sent it to one agent, and another asks to see material, it's polite to let them both know that another agent is looking at it.

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