Only one agent, please.

If you haven’t started querying agents yet, just a heads up. You’re going to see this quite a bit on agency websites.

With agent-tracking sites like Query Tracker and Agent Connect, it’s easier than ever to find agents who rep. your genre, and as agencies tend to have more than one agent, it’s only natural to want to query them all. More queries out, the better your chance, right?

Wrong. Agents DO talk to one another, more so if they work together. If they come across a proposal that doesn’t sound right for them, they could pass it on to their associate. Most times you’ll see ‘Please read over our agent bio’s to determine who would be the best fit for you’—do that. Why would you query James for your uber-epic space vampire saga, when he prefers pirates zombie romance? There is a chance he could pass it on to Penny, a co-worker who just loves space vampire saga’s, but why take the chance? Query Penny instead. I know this sounds like common sense, but if agencies are putting up these little notes, there has to be a reason.

When you start querying, write the name AND agency down. Query Tracker has a wonderful program for keeping track of agents for you, but you need to keep track of the agencies so you don’t send multiples. There are so many people out there who are in the same place as you. Don’t lessen your chance by breaking one of their requests

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About Darke Conteur
Darke Conteur is a writer at the mercy of her Muse. The author of stories in several genres, she prefers to create within the realms Science Fiction and Dark Fantasy. A pagan at heart, her personal goal it to find her balance within nature; exploring the dark through her stories and the light through her beliefs. When not writing or working with crystals, she enjoys knitting, gardening, cooking and very loud music.

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